Although James Tracy, a tenured associate professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaches a course in conspiracies, this one was too much for the school who are backing away from the theory the shooting might not have taken place.
Tracy, 47, teaches a course called "Culture of Conspiracy." He also has a blog, Memory Hole. Last weekend he provided a detailed timeline of what transpired at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 five and six-year-olds as well as six adults.
Tracy cites many of the erroneous facts the media came out with in the minutes and hours after the shooting took place. These include reports police had arrested or were looking for more shooters, the shooter was identified as Ryan Lanza when Lanza was in New Jersey at the time and the fact that shooter killed his mother at the school where she worked when in fact she was killed at home and had no association with Sandy Hook school.
On his blog, Tracy concludes, "While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place—at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
So if shootings never took place or happened in a completely different way than was portrayed, who is responsible for the misinformation? Why, President Obama of course. Tracy wrote, Regardless of where one stands on the Second Amendment and gun control, it is not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration complicity or direct oversight of an incident that has in very short order sparked a national debate on the very topic—and not coincidentally remains a key piece of Obama's political platform. Moreover, to suggest that Obama is not capable of deploying such techniques to achieve political ends is to similarly place one's faith in image and interpretation above substance and established fact, the exact inclination that in sum has brought America to such an impasse.
Despite offering a "Culture of Conspiracy" course, the university is attempting to distance itself from the views of the professor who has taught there for 10 years. The Sun-Sentinel quotes Lisa Metcalf, Florida Atlantic's media director, as saying, "James Tracy does not speak for the university. The website on which is post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way."
Residents of Newtown were not pleased. First Selectmen Patricia Llodra, a former teacher, sent an email to Fox News saying Tracy should not be paid by taxpayers. She wrote, "Professor Tracy is an embarrassment to me as an educator and should be to you [FAU] as well. I can assure you sadly, that the events here in Newtown unfolded exactly as they are being reported, and with the horrible outcome of the violent deaths of 26 people, including 20 children." She described Tracy as "wrong, inconsiderate and insensitive."
One reason Tracy gave for not believing the official version—he never saw any bodies or photographs of bodies.