- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

Florida Atlantic University moved Wednesday to fire a professor who has faced calls for resignation after claiming the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a staged drill that the community benefitted from financially.

The school said in a release on its website that School of Communication and Multimedia Studies professor James Tracy was served Wednesday with a notice of termination, to which he has 10 days to respond.

Last week, the parents of one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, wrote an op-ed in the Sun-Sentinel accusing Mr. Tracy of harassing them for proof of their child’s death, The Washington Post reported.

“The heartache of burying a child is a sorrow we would not wish upon anyone. Yet to our horror, we have found that there are some in this society who lack empathy for the suffering of others. Among them are the conspiracy theorists that deny our tragedy was real. They seek us out and accuse us of being government agents who are faking our grief and lying about our loss,” wrote Lenny and Veronique Pozner, parents of 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who was shot multiple times by gunman Adam Lanza.

Tracy even sent us a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that we were his parents, and that we were the rightful owner of his photographic image. We found this so outrageous and unsettling that we filed a police report for harassment,” they said.

The couple called on the university to reevaluate its relationship with Mr. Tracy. On social media, many called for the professor’s termination.

A university spokesman said that by law the school is unable to comment further on Mr. Tracy’s termination proceedings.

Mr. Tracy also said he cannot comment publicly on the matter at this time, the Post reported.

In a post on the “Hoax at Sandy Hook” Facebook page, written several days after the Pozners’ piece ran, Mr. Tracy defended his claims that the massacre was an elaborate hoax that “local co-conspirators” benefited from financially. He accused the Pozners of seeking to intimidate his employer into firing him because of his “extensive research” on the massacre.

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