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article imageSandy Hook truther steals memorial sign

By Eliana Robinson     May 13, 2014 in Odd News
Any parent will tell you nothing is worse than losing a child. Yet, the latest bizarre behavior by the so-called Sandy Hook "truthers" could only make coping harder for Lynn McDonnell and other parents.
Last week, a man stole the 50-pound peace sign next to the Grace McDonnell playground. Little Grace McDonnell was one of the 26 students and teachers shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. Her playground was designed to bring healing to the Newtown community. It was built by William Lavin’s Where Angels Play Foundation, which has planned a different playground to honor each of the victims.
The man then called Grace’s mother, Lynn, saying that her child “never existed.”
This incident comes after a playground sign honoring Ana Marquez Greene was vandalized in Hartford, Connecticut. Last September, an 8 X 8-inch brass bell was stolen from the playground honoring Caroline Previdi in Long Island, NY. Other parents have been targeted as well including Robbie Parker. Parker, who lost his daughter Emilie, was accused of not being “sincerely upset” during a television interview.
The self-proclaimed Sandy Hook truthers allege the tragedy was only a well-orchestrated hoax. Many believe the shooting, victims, funerals, and news coverage was all conjured up in an effort to persecute gun owners. Some contend that the school itself was a Hollywood set. James Tracy, a Florida Atlantic University professor, originally maintained that the shooting did not happen, and therefore, no deaths occurred. He has since recanted some of his earlier statements. Conspiracy theorists have even taunted Gene Rosen, the Good Samaritan who kept six students and a bus driver safe during the shooting.
Regardless of the various opinions on the government and gun control, harassing a grieving mother is indefensible.
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