A Florida Atlantic University professor is under fire for implying the Adam Lanza shooting may never have occurred, or was orchestrated by the government to advance gun control measures.
"There is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends," wrote FAU communications teacher James Tracy on his blog. "While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place Â— at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
Police say Adam Lanza killed 26 people last month at Sandy Hook grade school in Connecticut, but Tracy is doubting the official line. The communications instructor didn't voice these opinions in class, so he shouldn't be punished by the school. His skepticism is based on the conflicting details of the massacre, the lack of photographic evidence, and the bizarre behavior of several law enforcement officials.
Whether or not you agree with the FAU professor's opinions, he has the right to voice them. And, he is correct when he says the authorities haven't provided a very clear picture of what happened during the Lanza incident. This lack of credible information leads to fringe theories.
James Tracy might want to considering toning down his conspiracy talk, because it's embarrassing to FAU. But, he shouldn't be fired. College faculties are teeming with teachers who say all kinds of crazy things, and they don't lose their positions. And, with everyone on social media these days, it's impossible to police everything people say during their free time.