Sandy Hook Parents Score a Win in Growing Fight Against Hoaxers

HARTFORD, C.T.  — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.

The book, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook,” has also been pulled to settle claims against its publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting.

“My face-to-face interactions with Mr. Pozner have led me to believe that Mr. Pozner is telling the truth about the death of his son,” Dave Gahary, the principal officer at publisher Moon Rock Books, said Monday. “I extend my most heartfelt and sincere apology to the Pozner family.”

A Wisconsin judge issued a summary judgment Monday against authors James Fetzer and Mike Palacek.

Pozner has been pushing back for years against hoaxers who have harassed him, subjected him to death threats and claimed that he was an actor and his son never existed. He has spent years getting Facebook and others to remove conspiracy videos and set up a website to debunk conspiracy theories.

Lately, the fight has been joined by others who lost relatives in the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. After quietly enduring harassment and ridiculous assertions for years, some have changed their approach, deciding the only way to stop it is to confront it. Their efforts have turned the tables on the hoaxers, including Alex Jones , host of the conspiracy-driven Infowars website.

Robbie Parker, whose 6-year-old daughter Emilie was among 20 first-graders and six educators killed at Sandy Hook, spent years ignoring people who called him a crisis actor. His family moved to the West Coast, but still the harassment didn’t stop. He would get letters from people who found his address. He was once stopped in a parking garage by a man who berated him and said the shooting never happened.

“You are taught when you are young that you ignore bullies and eventually they will leave you alone,” Parker said. “But as time went on, and my other girls were getting older, I realized they weren’t stopping and some of this was getting worse and getting more personal.”

Parker is now part of a lawsuit against Jones, has testified before Congress and pushed for changes on social media platforms, such as YouTube, which announced this month it will prohibit videos that deny the Sandy Hook shooting and other “well-documented events.”

“It wasn’t until the lawsuits and until it became a mainstream news story that people realized they were being complicit in this and started to moderate the content,” Parker said.

Pozner is the lead plaintiff in several of at least nine cases filed against Sandy Hook deniers in federal and state courts in Connecticut, Florida, Texas and Wisconsin.

In the case against Jones, the families of eight victims and a first responder say they’ve been subjected to harassment and death threats from his followers. A Connecticut judge ruled in the defamation case that Jones must undergo a sworn deposition, which is scheduled for July in Texas.

Wisconsin’s Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington ruled Monday that Pozner had been defamed by Fetzer and Palacek, whose book claimed, among other things, that Noah’s death certificate had been faked, according to Pozner’s lawyer, Jake Zimmerman. A trial to decide damages has been set for October.

“If Mr. Fetzer wants to believe that Sandy Hook never happened and that we are all crisis actors, even that my son never existed, he has the right to be wrong. But he doesn’t have the right to broadcast those beliefs if they defame me or harass me,” Pozner said. “He doesn’t have the right to use my baby’s image or our name as a marketing ploy to raise donations or sell his products. He doesn’t have the right to convince others to hunt my family.”

Before the case went to a judge, Fetzer had said “evidence clearly shows this wasn’t a massacre, it was a FEMA drill,” referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“If you believe otherwise, then you are being played,” Fetzer said at the time.

A redacted copy of the actual death certificate is attached to Pozner’s lawsuit. Additionally, Pozner has had DNA samples taken and compared with those provided by the Connecticut medical examiner to prove that Noah was his son. He has put Noah’s birth certificate, report cards and medical records into the public file in his legal actions.

His goal, he says, is to make sure that “normal people” have access to the truth and aren’t persuaded by the hoaxers.

A Florida woman, Lucy Richards, was sentenced to five months in prison for sending Pozner death threats. She was also banned from visiting web sites run by conspiracy theorists, including Fetzer.

Christopher Mattei, a lawyer who represents the families in their Connecticut lawsuit against Jones, said his clients want to live their lives free from that kind of harassment. They also want these hoaxers to know they are affecting real people, who have already been emotionally devastated.

“When the grief process includes having to justify your grief or having to prove your child’s existence,” he said, “it makes it very difficult.”

9 comments

  • Bob Stevens

    Also this case isn’t about AJ. They are making him the face of it to defame and attack him. He didn’t write the book, he didn’t read it. No connection. AJs lawyer Robert Barnes tried to get the fake news head line of “Father of Sandy Hook victim wins defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones” removed or changed, but they refuse even though that is not what happened. These people are not connected to AJ. He never sent CP to anyone. Fake news. This is nothing but the now legal use of propaganda against the American people. The left is desperate.

  • Lisa Marshinski

    I don’t put Anything passed this gov’t when it comes to pushing their agenda. Look at Las Vegas. The ATF wasn’t allowed to examine the rifles used in the shooting because they wanted to ban bump stocks, AND the sheriffs never examined the rifles to see if any bullets were even fired from them! But it happened, they said it did.

  • Bob Stevens

    Load of crap, Alex said he thinks it happened, and the people harassing victims had nothing to do with AJ. The MSM is the one who keeps bringing up Sandy Hook to attack Alex and use it as an excuse to de-platform him. The MSM doesn’t care about hoaxes and conspiracies, they ran the fake Russian narrative for 2.5yrs! Hes a threat to them because he is more often than not correct.
    We have the right to challenge and be critical of major events. But the slave masters doesn’t like their narratives questioned. There was a lot of stuff that didn’t add up at SH… just like a lot of other major tragic events

    • carlbrutanandilewski

      “Load of crap, Alex said he thinks it happened,” No he doesn’t think it happened.

      “Starting from a story in The New Yorker magazine, we zeroed in on posted video of Jones telling a caller to his program in January 2015 that in his view, “Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured. I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors. I mean they even ended up using photos of kids killed in mass shootings here in a fake mass shooting in Turkey — so yeah, or Pakistan. The sky is now the limit.”

      “the people harassing victims had nothing to do with AJ” No again.

      “The MSM is the one who keeps bringing up Sandy Hook to attack Alex and use it as an excuse to de-platform him.” No, he brings it up regularly. You can easily find quotes and old shows.

      “Hes a threat to them because he is more often than not correct.” Yeah you got me there. All the frogs are gay because of the water now. Lol.

      “There was a lot of stuff that didn’t add up at SH… just like a lot of other major tragic events” – That’s because you’re not privy to all of the information because you’re an idiot redneck.

      • Bob Stevens

        Clearly you don’t watch the show ever. If you did, you’d know all the crap you just said is bull fed from CNN.
        Repletely the past 2 years whenever the media keeps bring up SH, he talks about how he retracted the statements and said he thinks it happened.
        He never said to go harass the people, he said to leave them alone on several occasions in the last 2 yrs.
        Again OLD quotes and show… past few years its been MSM when they went to remove him from FB, IG, YT, ect.
        He has been right over and over, and yeah even the frogs, there is scientific evidence of chemicals causing deformations and genetic changes. Calling them “gay frogs” was a shock piece way to draw attention to the issue. Why do you think gay/trans mental issues are on the rise? We consume all sorts of unnatural crap on a daily basis.
        So cover ups, because they are massive public events. We take the evidence we get, and form an idea in the court of public opinion.
        And guess again you bigoted f***, not a redneck, or Christian, or republican, barely even conservative.
        I don’t trust the government, and neither should you. There has been countless false flags and fake news to push policy in history. Operation North Woods, legalizing propaganda in the US, WMDs, ect ect…. go lick some more boots.

    • fortisveritas

      “The MSM doesn’t care about hoaxes and conspiracies” News flash Bobby Jackson: Most level headed people don’t either. Let me guess – I’m either supposed to go back to the programming tube, lick some boots, or look things up for myself. Right? No thanks, I’ve got some weeds to pull in the garden. Then maybe I’ll go fishing. I’ll let you fight the Men In Black.

      • Bob Stevens

        By all means please do enjoy your garden and the fishing. That’s what we are fighting for. Freedom to just live our lives how we want without the heavy hand of government controlling us and taking our rights. Those of us awake and willing to fight will always fight for you. We know most people don’t care, and its unfortunate, because they unknowingly allow things to get worse by inaction. We just want to preserve the republic and the freedoms that make America great for everyone.

      • fortisveritas

        What are YOU doing – specifically – to preserve our freedoms and the republic? That’s a serious question. Because sticking up for a madman like Alex Jones, saying 9/11 was an inside job, and calling people boot-lickers and ‘programmed idiots’ makes you sound like a fringe lunatic not to be taken seriously, but avoided at all costs. What ‘fighting’ are you doing? Comments on the WNEP board don’t count.

      • fortisveritas

        As expected, 48 hours later and no answer to my question. All hot air and rhetoric. Banging away on a keyboard on a small NEPA TV news comment board doesn’t make one ‘awake and willing to fight’.

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