FAU professor James Tracy: Blog says marathon bombings look like staged event

Professor James Tracy is raising questions again about another incident that caused fear and sorrow.

The FAU professor's personal blog shows pictures of the Boston Marathon attack. And he says they could show that the bombing resembled a drill.

"What exactly took place on April 15 at the Boston Marathon is unclear, yet what is now evident is a stark divergence between the narrative description of excessive carnage meted out as a result of the explosive devices and at least a portion of the video and photographic documentation of the bombing itself," Tracy wrote.

Tracy goes on to discuss the possibility of witnesses being "play actors" and how the event resembles a "mass-casualty drill" with victims using prosthetic legs to portray carnage.

"I think he's just looking for the attention. He's not even presenting ideas in a way to make you think, he's doing it more in a way just to insult," said Raul Vallecio, an FAU junior.
 
In front of the library Tuesday, students debated whether the professor should be on the public payroll given his views.
 
"I think he should be able to teach whatever he wants to teach. This is a college campus and kids should have open enough minds to take what he has in, and learn from it," said Jonathan Beall, an FAU freshman.
 
Tracy has been disciplined by administrators in the past.
 
He got two letters after a blog posting that argued the Sandy Hook massacre was staged.
 
FAU demanded he make clear the blog was his own opinion.
 
It's unclear whether Tracy's comments were saved for his blog, or whether he's made them in class.
 
Professor Simon Glynn says either way is fine with him.
 
"The way we as a society progress is we have people who ask questions and raise objections," said Glynn "That's after all how we got civil rights."
 
Tracy argues in his blog that the result of the "attack" will be a program of intensified repression at taxpayer expense alongside an erosion of civil liberties.
 
And to that, Vallecio says he's offended.
 
"I think he should resign. I don't think he's going to do that. He keeps looking to put himself in the spotlight."
 
FAU sent a statement saying they don't agree with his views and that he doesn't speak for FAU.
 
A member of the faculty union on campus said the group is not able to say yet whether it would back up Tracy's job security if he made those claims in the classroom.
 
The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.

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