BOCA RATON, Fla. - A Florida Atlantic University professor is speaking out to defend what some consider a bizarre conspiracy theory that suggests the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre may have been a government plan.
His three hour class called Communication & Social Power concluded late Tuesday night. Until then, professor James Tracy had remained nearly silent about his blog, which has become controversial and gone viral, over the last couple of days.
Tracy is not apologizing for his words that he wrote this week on his blog on memoryholeblog.com. It was in that writing that he questioned if there were what he refers to as 'crisis actors' hired during the massacre in Newtown.
He even went as far as questioning whether the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a 'set up' by the Obama administration to prompt more strict gun control regulations.
"In terms of saying that Sandy Hook, the Newtown massacre, did not take place is really a simplification - an oversimplification - of what I said," said Tracy, outside his classroom on FAU's Boca Raton campus. "I said that there may very well be elements of that event that are synthetic to some degree, that are somewhat contrived. I think that overall, the media really did drop the ball. I don't think that the media have gotten to the bottom of some of the things that may have taken place there," he said.
When asked if he did in fact believe that twenty young children were shot and killed in the incident, he replied "I think most likely that did take place." If he had the opportunity to write the blog any other way than the way he did, he said he would not.
FAU officials will not speak publicly about Tracy or his blog posting. They did say, however, that Tracy does not speak for the university. Tracy says he will remain a professor here. He has been with FAU for a decade.