Sandy Hook Truther Steals Peace Sign from Connecticut Playground Honoring the Memory of Newtown Shooting Victim

Sandy_HookSubmitted by Elaine Magliaro, Weekend Contributor
I’m sure the readers of this blog remember the Newtown massacre that occurred in Connecticut on December 14, 2012, when twenty students and six adults were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not long after that tragedy, conspiracy theorists began to spread stories about the massacre being a hoax. In January of 2013, Gene Rosen, a man who had sheltered six children during the massacre, began receiving calls from people he didn’t know accusing him of lying about what had happened that day…and of his being a “crisis actor.”

At that time, Rosen didn’t know what to do. He said, “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid?’” Someone even posted a picture of his house online. It was reported that Google+ and YouTube accounts were created in his name. Messages about him appeared on white supremacist messages ridiculing him as the “emotional Jewish guy.” In addition, in dozens of blog posts and videos, people claimed that Rosen was a fraud. He even received an email that purported to be a business inquiry, which taunted him asking, “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”

Rosen admitted that he had done a lot of media interviews following the tragedy at Sandy Hook School. He said, “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this. I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”

Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon reported that there were “many flavors of conspiracy theories surrounding” the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He added that one thread that united many of the theories was “the notion that this was a government hoax aimed at taking away people’s guns.” Similarly, Tom Boggioni of Raw Story said, “Sandy Hook ‘truthers’ believe that the Newtown shooting never occurred or was part of a ‘false flag’ operation designed to open the door to the confiscation of all guns by the government.” Ben Smith and CJ Lotz wrote that the “leading version of the ‘Sandy Hook Hoax’ theory, such as it is, holds that the incident was staged by the White House as a prelude to disarming America. Many of its claims are rooted in contradictory and confusing media statements that came out of the chaos of the first hours of the shooting, and which are virtually always present in such chaotic moments.” They added that similar “confused media reporting served as the basis of the 9/11 Truth movement.”

Robert Goldberg, a historian at the University of Utah who has written a book and lectured extensively about American conspiracy theories, said, “Whether it’s the Oklahoma City bombing, or the Waco incident, or Ruby Ridge, or 9/11, or Sandy Hook, the idea is that these are modern Reichstags (the event that occurred in Germany in 1933), which is an excuse that the government is going to use to declare an emergency to take the guns away from the patriots, and then confine the patriots.”

One might have hoped that the Sandy Hook truthers would have moved on by now…and maybe found a new conspiracy theory to wrap their warped minds around. Unfortunately, it appears that hasn’t happened because one of the truthers recently stole a sign from a playground in Mystic, Connecticut. The sign had been displayed at a playground dedicated to the memory of Grace McDonnell, one of the Sandy Hook shooting victims. The vinyl sign, which weighed 50 pounds and featured a peace symbol, was based on a drawing done by seven-year-old Grace. The man who claimed that he stole the sign called Grace’s home. He told Lynn McDonnell, the dead child’s mother, that he had taken the sign because he believes that the shooting at Sandy Hook was a hoax. McDonnell said that the caller taunted her by claiming that her daughter Grace never existed. How heartless and cold can a person be?

Peace Sign Stolen From Conn. Playground Honoring Sandy Hook Victim Grace McDonnell

Tom Boggioni said that the Grace McDonnell playground is “one of 26 planned playgrounds being built by the Where Angels Play Foundation in honor of all 26 victims.” He added that the theft of the peace sign came ‘two weeks after another playground sign, located in Hartford, was vandalized with someone spray-painting ‘Peace to Sandy Hook,’ a peace sign, and the numeral ’2′ on it.”

I can’t begin to imagine what kind of delusional, sick individuals would steal or vandalize signs displayed on playgrounds dedicated to the memories of innocent young children who died in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

Note: There are plans to replace the signs at both playgrounds.


This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it: Gene Rosen sheltered six kids during the Sandy Hook massacre. Now he’s become a target of conspiracy theorists (Salon)

Newtown truthers: Where conspiracy theories come from (Salon)

Your comprehensive answer to every Sandy Hook conspiracy theory: Every conspiratorial allegation about the tragic Newtown shootings, answered (Salon)

This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it (Salon)

Why we can’t ignore the truthers: Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists aren’t going to go away if we pretend they don’t exist (Salon)

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Edge Toward The Mainstream: “By far the hottest topic of the moment.” Ignore it and it won’t go away. (BuzzFeed)

Sandy Hook truther won’t quit”: Florida professor James Tracy tells Alex Jones’ radio show that like 9/11, Newtown was “a drill that went live” (Salon)

Whither the Sandy Hook truthers?: After their assault on Gene Rosen, momentum may already be waning for the conspiracy theorists (Salon)

Beware of Conspiracy Theories About Sandy Hook (Lewis Rockwell)

Sandy Hook Truther Tells Mother of Deceased Child One of the Most Awful Things You Can Imagine (The Blaze)

Sandy Hook ‘Truther’ Tells Victim’s Mother Her Daughter Never Existed (Huffington Post)

Peace Sign Stolen From Conn. Playground Honoring Sandy Hook Victim Grace McDonnell (CBS)

Where Angels Play

Newtown Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting: Nation Honors 26 Victims Of Sandy Hook Massacre December 14, 2013 (CBS)

Sandy Hook truthers more hated than Westboro idiots? (Daily Kos)

Sandy Hook truther steals memorial sign, tells victim’s mother her child never existed (Raw Story)

Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre was a hoax (America Blog)

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132 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Truther Steals Peace Sign from Connecticut Playground Honoring the Memory of Newtown Shooting Victim”

  1. bill mcwilliams

    Are people who think 9/11 was an inside job suffering from pathological delusions?

    That is what the mainstream media tell us.

    And it concluded that questioning the official version of 9/11, and constructing an alternative explanation, is a sign of psychological health.

    People who keep the state of mind of a potential juror will always be better off than those who conclude based upon what the local neighborhood heard on the news.

    That is, an open mind is better than a closed mind.

    That requires weighing the evidence of both parties, giving each party a fair shot at presenting their case.

    Then deciding at the end of the trial based on the physical evidence, testimonial evidence, and jury instructions.

    It is a very healthy exercise.

  2. Nick Spinelli

    Paul, The “do not engage” is a proven solution. Just sayn’.
    Also Paul, don’t brag about losing a poker game.

    1. Dredd – it hardly rises to the level of desecrating a national monument. Sounds like you are overcharging like the police.

  3. Are people who think 9/11 was an inside job suffering from pathological delusions?

    That is what the mainstream media tell us. But a recent study published in Frontiers of Psychology suggests the contrary. It found that 29 of 30 research subjects – 97% of the sample – turned out to be “9/11 conspiracy theorists.” And it concluded that questioning the official version of 9/11, and constructing an alternative explanation, is a sign of psychological health.

    1. bill mcwilliams – 30 people is too small for any legitimate survey or study.

  4. Alert readers shouldn’t be surprised that people like RTC et al. cannot refute the evidence that SH was a hoax. They are too mentally lazy to become informed, and Tea Partyish insults are their way of trying to shift the focus from their mental laziness, lack of interest in the truth, and total acceptance of government propaganda.

    They wear their simplistic worldview as though it’s some kind of collector’s item — which I suppose it is in their Tea Party circles.

    Is their any government-sponsored hoax these people won’t buy – hook, line, and sinker?

    1. bill mcwilliams – you have just ruined RTC by outing him as a member of the TEA Party.

  5. Folks who buy a hoax like this, then run with it, are of a certain ilk.
    They see tolerance as a sin, where many others see tolerance as a virtue. If you are a virtue seer, it is hard to recognize the sin aspect, but they believe at their core, that to give in to any contrary thought is a cave in to what is “right”. When the right is so far wrong, the entrenching of position is an alternative that some pick. Short of a magic wand, they have to be tolerated to an extent, ironically (at least I think it is ironic).

    1. neighbordave – the ‘truthers’ on 9/11 are exclusively liberal and progressive. They are some of the leading lights of the movement.

  6. And to Paul Schulte, who thinks that the media overplayed the story, I ask: When is there a better time to have a national discussion about the insanity of guns in our culture?

    1. RTC – the best time to have a discussion of our Constitutionally protected rights is when everyone is calm, not when they are ginned up over some disaster. 9/11 got us NSA. You want that kind of disaster again?

  7. Right on feynman, honest exchange is not what many of these people are interested in.

    Those who insist that the massacre at Sandy Hook was a hoax are engaging in the cruelest and most despicable behavior possible. There is no room in a civil discussion for such base ignorance, particularly when the rules of civility prevent sincere, intelligent participants from speaking truthfully about such hoax believers.

    When you inflict your hatred of society on grieving parents, you become less than human.

  8. Sorry, Paul – What i know is the result of reading, reasoning, and common sense. Try it, if you can.

    1. bill mcwilliams – I took your advice and went and did some research on Sandy Hook. There are good reasons for not filing the lawsuits, there is no one to file a lawsuit against. There was a lawsuit filed by a survivor, but at last report it was temporarily withdrawn.

      But riddle me this. If my kid did not die in Sandy Hook, why would I have a sign made from a drawing of my daughter. Next riddle, why would they be planning parks for each of dead children if there are no dead children?

  9. Hot Air is a Michelle Malkin propaganda site. Such ‘sources’ do not indicate an honest exchange.

    1. Dredd – I don’t believe I have ever ‘bragged’ about losing at poker. I might comment on it to make a point, but I certainly would not brag about it. Could you quote me?

  10. not even one sandy hook parent has filed a single lawsuit. contrast that with columbine where every single parent filed a lawsuit.
    also not a single paramedic helicopter was dispatched to the school and ambulance EMTs were denied entrance to the school.
    not only that but 30 or so porta-potties showed up almost immediately – who had the forethought to order those beforehand?

    Instead of low-grade insults,INVESTIGATE some of these issues. You might learn something.

  11. Anyone that has taken the time to study the SH incident knows that it was a hoax.

    1. The strange demeanor of the parents of supposedly slaughtererd SH children Not a single parent displayed signs of grief — no tears, no red eyes and red noses from crying) –in their TV interviews immediately after the massacre. Some, like Robbie Parker (scroll up to Fetzer’s post for the video) feigned crying with sounds of choking and sobbing, but not a single tear nor even tears welling in their eyes. Others were serene, composed, and downright joyful, the mothers with coiffed hair and perfect makeup.
    See http //
    2. Sandy Hook donation/RIP/therapeutic webpages with dates of creation a day of more BEFORE the massacre. See
    * http //
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    If you want to believe the official story, go ahead. if you want to know the truth, you have to study the evidence — and it’s abundant. SH was used as a storage facility – not a functioning school. There is no record of internet use from the facility after 2008. Adam Lanza is listed in SS Death records as having died on 12/12 — the day BEFORE the terror exercise/hoax. Truth is, Adam Lanza is actually Ryan Lanza — which is one reason why his photos look so spooky. They were doctored photos of Ryan.

  12. Paul Schulte-
    The seemingly inappropriate federal agencies getting lots of ammo is nothing new or shocking. The general public just happens to not know that many have enforcement branches and have for a long time. In every case I can think of, when you do some simple math with the amount of ammo, the number of personnel, and practice/qualification/duty, it ends up that the quantities are normal.

    I (and others) have said it before and I’ll say it again, often the pro-gun movement’s worst enemy is itself. The NRA’s U.N. fear-mongering accomplished nothing but filling their coffers and gut-punching their credibility. That treaty 1) had no chance of passing the Senate (you can’t get 2/3 of them to agree that puppies are cute) and 2) made it clear that signatories would still maintain control over their own gun laws.

  13. I read Zinn and then I read real historians, so I know how he warped history. Zinn is/was a Marxist who, like all good Marxists, thinks the ends justifies the means. He decided on his results and then cherry picked facts to get them. Zinn has probably done more to destroy good history in this country than anyone since Classic Comic Books.
    You will notice that 90 faculty supported his not being censored, not supporting him as a historian. That is out of 1800 faculty. What is that 5%? Hardly a roaring recommendation. More faculty came out against Condi Rice speaking.

  14. I rather doubt that Mitch Daniels ever read any of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.” But he likely enjoyed the biographical writings of Mason Locke Weems.

  15. “Truther” is a now commonly-used term for an individual whom in less polite times we would have described as “unhinged.”

  16. Paul, The “do not engage” is a proven solution. Just sayn’.

  17. “The Associated Press (AP) revealed in July 2013 that former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels asked for assurance from his education advisors that Zinn’s works were not taught in K-12 public schools in the state. The AP had gained access to Daniels’ emails under a Freedom of Information Act request. Daniels also wanted a “cleanup” of K-12 professional development courses to eliminate “propaganda and highlight (if there is any) the more useful offerings.”

    In one of the emails, Daniels expressed contempt for Zinn upon his death:

    This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away…The obits and commentaries mentioned his book, ‘A People’s History of the United States,’ is the ‘textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.’ It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page. Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?

    At the time the emails were released, Daniels was serving as the president of Purdue University. In response, 90 out of roughly 1,800 Purdue professors issued an open letter expressing their concern. Included in the letter were some of the staff’s most prominent historians.[80][81][82][83] Because of Daniels’ attempt to suppress Zinn’s book, the former governor was accused of censorship, to which Daniels responded by saying that his views were misrepresented, and that if Zinn were alive and a member of the Purdue faculty, he would defend his free speech rights and right to publish.

    David J. Bobb supported Daniels’ stand on Zinn by penning an opinion piece in the online Wall Street Journal, where he asserted Zinn was not a real historian, but a Marxist-propagandist.” (Wikipedia). Paul is doing what David J. Bobb did.

    1. Mike – so, in this more polite time, who are you calling a truther?

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