Florida Professor Fired

Professor Fired

The media can become obsessed with conspiracy theories that surround mass shootings and other tragic events that take place throughout the world. With the increased number of mass shootings in 2015, it is no wonder that conspiracy theorists have developed their own ideas about how some of these shootings are nothing more than a hoax. One college professor in Florida has been officially fired, after he harassed a family who lost their son in the Sandy Hook Massacre in December of 2012.

Florida professor starts personal blog

The Florida Atlantic University has received unwanted publicity because of a professor, James Tracy, who has expressed his views that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. His views were posted on a private blog in 2013, which is why school officials say he couldn't be fired. They were his own personal views, expressed on a private blog, although the school did see negative consequences because of Tracy's actions. He was originally reprimanded for failing to make it clear that his views were entirely his own, and did not represent that of Florida Atlantic University. Since his take on the Sandy Hook shooting, Tracy has gone on to develop theories behind why several other mass shootings in the United States were a hoax, including the most recent shootings in San Bernardino, California.

Tracy given letter of termination

In mid- December, Tracy was given a letter by an FAU administrator stating he was being recommended for termination, and had 10 days to file an appeal. This decision was made after a public feud escalated between Tracy and the parents of a boy who died in the Sandy Hook massacre. Noah was the son of Veronique and Lenny Pozner, and was sadly one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. The Pozner family claimed that Tracy harassed the family by demanding proof that Noah once lived and that they were in fact his parents. Tracy went on to ridicule the family on his personal blog stating that the Pozner family and other parents of the "murdered children" have made out financially from misinformed Americans. He even went as far as saying Noah's death certificate was fabricated.

Pozner family fights back

Veronique and Lenny Pozner have been through so much with the loss of their child, and to now go through harassment was the final straw. The family ended up filing a police report for harassment. They are relieved that Tracy is being fired from his position as an educator. They feel as though truth and honor prevailed.

Whether or not you believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, what Tracy did is not right. Developing theories as to why the mass shooting might have been a hoax is one thing, but harassing a family who lost their school aged son is another. It has been three years since the event took place, so there should be no reason for Tracy to rehash old wounds by harassing families involved in the shooting. Do you think Florida Atlantic University took the right steps in firing James Tracy?