Sandy Hook- It’s Not Irresponsible to Question
On December 14, 2012, twenty elementary school children and six adults were reportedly killed by a deranged shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The fact that I use the qualifier “reportedly” is an indication of just how murky and unsettled this whole story remains.
I became interested in the Sandy Hook incident primarily because of the excellent work of many on the internet, who as always asked the questions and did the investigating that professional journalists don’t. I was particularly astounded by the helicopter footage taken that day, during the time period when there should have been signs of real pandemonium, which instead revealed a rather lackluster scene. No ambulances, no parents rushing about hysterically, no school officials or police running about trying to establish order. And no signs of the mass evacuation of the school, and its estimated 450-650 students (the estimates vary quite a bit in accounts). In short, there appeared to be nothing unusual going on at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the day of the alleged shooting.
I was also drawn to the many videos analyzing the media appearances of one Gene Rosen. Even without dissecting his testimony, Rosen appeared to be a very unique character. Rosen reported that six children had managed to escape from the clutches of purported shooter Adam Lanza and find their way to his home. What was obvious right away was not only Rosen’s histrionic demeanor, but the ever-changing details in his account. He claimed that he first saw the children sitting on his lawn after feeding his cats and preparing to go to breakfast, for example, but in another version he encountered them upon returning home from breakfast at a local diner.
Rosen claimed that a bus driver had dropped the children off at his home. Needless to say, it is impossible to imagine this still unidentified bus driver (described in various interviews as both a man and a woman) leaving children in the custody of a single elderly male, who wasn’t related to any of them. How did the bus driver pick the children up at such an unscheduled hour? Rosen lived practically next door to the firehouse where all the parents and children were supposedly being taken in the aftermath of the shooting. So why not drop them there? There is so much more to the Gene Rosen story alone, but suffice to say a truly independent media, filled with skeptical reporters, would not have treated Rosen as some kind of “hero” for inviting the children into his home and giving them juice, as they played with his extensive stuffed animal collection.
The public is asked to believe that no medical personnel went inside Sandy Hook Elementary School that day. In other words, there wasn’t even an effort to treat any of the shooting victims. Is this remotely believable? Wouldn’t the personnel at least have gone inside and checked out what was going on? As we can see from the helicopter footage that day, even if they’d wanted to, the ambulances were blocked from even going down the path that led from the firehouse to the school. That is another subject, for an extensive investigation- the curious manner in which all vehicles, including the few emergency ones that can be seen, were parked.
A telling aspect of the Sandy Hook case has been the unprecedented amount of secrecy surrounding it. Why would the FBI consider a school shooting classified? Wolfgang Halbig was warned by police in his home state of Florida to drop his investigation into the alleged events at Sandy Hook, and Connecticut police blocked the entrance to the Newtown branch of the United Way when he attempted to inquire about indications that the group had initiated a Sandy Hook relief fund prior to the alleged shootings.
The questions are endless. Why were port-a-potties on the scene? Why were refreshments seemingly being served at the firehouse in the aftermath of the event? Why were the names, ages and sexes of the alleged victims not included in the state of Connecticut’s official report on the investigation? Why weren’t any death certificates released to the public? Why was normal protocol violated here; for instance, why was no triage area set up? Why weren’t the newly installed surveillance cameras at the school working? Why weren’t at least some of the parents allowed to view their child’s remains? Why did the Newtown Bee publish a report that featured quotes about the shooting from Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was allegedly one of the victims?
Halbig and others have been unable to discover the identity of the certified environmental bio-hazard decontamination company contracted by Newtown Public Schools to remove the estimated 50 gallons or more of blood, body debris, damaged carpets, etc. from the crime scene. Why shouldn’t that be information that is public knowledge? As happens routinely now with all high- profile crime scenes of this nature (Waco, Oklahoma City, etc.), Sandy Hook Elementary School was completely demolished afterwards, at a cost of some $50 million to taxpayers.
I won’t go too far down the rabbit hole here, and analyze the arguably bizarre behavior of many of the parents connected to the events at Sandy Hook. I did email local reporter Andrea McCarren, who interviewed the Sandy Hook school nurse, and described in detail her comments about alleged shooter Adam Lanza’s mother being a “great kindergarten teacher” at the school. As it turned out, of course, all the early reports about the mother being a teacher at the school were unfounded. She was not connected to Sandy Hook Elementary School at all. So I asked McCarren about that. She admitted to being curious at first, too, but at length wrote, “There is no conspiracy here.” I never mentioned conspiracy; I simply wondered about this startling contradiction.
I also won’t explore all the reasons why Adam Lanza couldn’t have been the shooter, if there was a shooter. In my view, the most basic aspects of the crime scene are not consistent with a real event, but instead convey the impression that some kind of drill was going on. This is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that the state of Connecticut’s official web site listed a drill, “Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters,” as being scheduled on their calendar for the very date that the Sandy Hook shooting allegedly took place, at a location only fourteen miles away from the school.
More questions; what about the early interview, later disappeared into the memory hole, with a local Catholic priest, where he can be heard audibly laughing as he speaks about the horrifying events at Sandy Hook? What about the bullet holes in substitute teacher and alleged shooting victim Lauren Rousseau’s car, one of which had all the earmarks of an exit hole, but was in the top of the interior portion of the door? Why did early reports state that Lanza had also shot his father, and included the details about finding a body in his home? What can we make of medical examiner Wayne Carver’s animated performance at a heavily scrutinized press conference? It absolutely must be seen to be believed, and certainly helped fuel all the rumors that the event was a hoax.
The mainstream media has succeeded in demonizing those who question the dubious narrative of Sandy Hook as being ghoulish, reckless and insensitive to the families who lost loved ones there. My heart goes out to anyone who loses a child so suddenly, but these are all legitimate questions. It isn’t being disrespectful to parents, or the memory of any children, to ask why no emergency personnel entered Sandy Hook Elementary School that day, or why no signs of any ongoing crisis were captured during hours of helicopter footage, or why there has been so much secrecy connected to every aspect of this case, or why nearly everyone who isn’t a so-called “truther” seems to resent any questions at all being raised.
Sandy Hook is ultimately like all the events I covered in my book Hidden History, in its implausibility and the slew of unanswered questions surrounding it. This alleged tragedy has been used to further an agenda not only to control guns, but to tighten security everywhere and erode our personal liberty. As we have seen increasingly in recent years, “live shooter” drills have become frighteningly commonplace in our schools, as has an increased police presence that often fosters a prison-like atmosphere.
The official narrative of the Sandy Hook shooting is unconvincing, to say the least. It should be the duty of any self-respecting journalist to investigate themselves, instead of automatically assuming that those who are asking the questions are irresponsible and denigrating the memory of the children.