Sandy Hook Truthers Try but Fail Epically to Bait Traumatized Town's School Board
Can there be a more despicable thing to be than a Sandy Hook truther?
A gaggle of these self-described "skeptics" of official accounts of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting showed up Tuesday at the Board of Education meeting, in hopes of . . . what? Hijacking a shattered town's ongoing attempts to learn from and get past one of the most deeply saddening mass shootings in history?
But procedures are procedures. Each one of these clowns devoid of conscience took their three minutes of allotted time at the mic to essentially bait the school board members into entertaining their crazy conspiracy theories, and waste everyone's time. According to an account in Wednesday's ctpost.com:
Wolfgang Halbig, the most prominent member of the group, raised questions about everything from the scale of police response that day to their refusal to accept his expert help in analyzing the event. He suggested that his legitimate efforts to get answers have been thwarted, and accused board members of toeing an official line.
"Board members, these are your children," Halbig said. "We want answers. We want truth."
But board members refused to take the bait, remaining silent throughout presentations by Halbig and several of his supporters who followed him to the microphone. The audience, which included First Selectman Pat Llodra and several other town officials who had come to support the board, also stayed silent.
The only public response came from Newtown resident Jim Fitzpatrick, who was the last to speak. Unable to let this group have the last word, he said, "It's a shame to see this circus come to town, and I'm offended by the people who have come, and these conspiracy theories. Newtown has conducted itself wonderfully."
We'd say that's a pretty measured response considering the heinousness of using this tragedy for personal gain or aggrandizement. Here's who this ringleader Halbig is, according to ctpost.com:
Halbig, a former Florida state trooper and U.S. Customs inspector, describes himself as a school safety and security consultant. He claims to have given school safety training and assessments to thousands of school districts nationwide, and to be a frequent speaker on safety at school board conferences across the country.
He is one of the more prominent of those who question official accounts of what happened the day of the school shootings. In numerous interviews he has criticized police response as inadequate, and on his website, sandyhookjustice.com, he poses 16 questions he says officials have never satisfactorily answered about the event. He also claims to have been threatened for persisting in his efforts to get answers to those questions.
Halbig's "16 Questions" have become a regular theme among online writings by conspiracy theorists, who began raising questions about Sandy Hook within days of the mass shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six faculty members on Dec. 14, 2012.
Fortunately, none of the victims of the shooting's families attended the meeting. The rest of the town did its best to ignore this parade of fools and scumbags, like the guy who reportedly dressed "in a Revolutionary War-era uniform waved a hanging effigy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy," during a rally a half hour before the meeting.
Halwig's supporters also reportedly visited the Danbury offices of the United Way of Western Connecticut earlier that day, to demand records of where charitable funds collected on behalf of the Sandy Hook community are being spent. They were not placated by the simple fact that these records are available on-line. They also have demanded time with local reporters.
Having been ignored and mocked, will they give up? Will the Republicans give up the Benghazi witch hunt? Any rational person would think so. Sadly, the answer in both cases is probably no.