Florida Atlantic University officially relinquished its long-held, undisputed title as America’s Worst University this week — likely to the University of Missouri — by finally firing James Tracy, the wackadoodle professor who denies the reality of many mass shootings including the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as well as 2013 Boston Bombing.
Tracy, a tenured professor and one-time labor union leader, provided the last straw by feuding with the parents of a six-year-old boy who was murdered at Sandy Hook by Adam Lanza. He sent a certified letter to the grief-stricken parents demanding proof their son existed.
The communications professor also broke a school rule, the school says, by failing to notify Florida Atlantic of the considerable time and effort he has spent in his mission to debunk the Sandy Hook massacre as a hoax.
Officials at the taxpayer-funded Florida Atlantic delivered a letter to Tracy on Tuesday officially informing him of his termination, reports the Sun-Sentinel, a major South Florida newspaper.
On Dec. 16, FAU officials notified Tracy of his impending termination and gave him a brief fixed period to contest it. (RELATED: America’s Worst University Set To Ax Nutty Professor)
“You were advised that you had 10 days in which to respond in writing. You have not responded,” vice provost wrote Diane Alperin in her missive to Tracy this week.
Bureaucrats at FAU at last found themselves stirred to take action against Tracy after Veronique and Lenny Pozner, the parents of six-year-old boy Noah Pozner, penned an essay in The Forward detailing what they describe as constant harassment by Tracy and other deranged people who question their son’s death.
“It’s been three years since we last embraced our precious little boy, Noah,” the Pozners explained. “At six-years-old, he was the youngest child murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.”
According to the Pozners, Tracy sent a certified letter to them demanding proof that Noah existed. He also questioned their rights to a photo of their son.
“Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists,” the parents said.
“Tracy has enjoyed tremendous success from this exposure and has since leveraged it into a popular Internet blog and radio program,” the Pozners write. “It cannot be denied that Tracy has carved out a significant presence in the same Sandy Hook ‘hoax’ conspiracy movement that has inspired a wave of harassment, intimidation and criminal activity against our family and others.”Tracy, who joined the Florida Atlantic faculty in 2002, will likely appeal his sacking in some venue that differs from the normal process at the school for termination appeals.
A professors’ labor union, the United Faculty of Florida, is representing the conspiracy-loving professor.
“There’s a lot of stuff people aren’t aware of that I can’t speak to right now,” faculty union president Robert Zoeller told the Sun-Sentinel. “If I did, it would violate Dr. Tracy’s rights.”
A spokeswoman for Tom Johnson, Tracy’s attorney, suggested that a yet-to-be-filed civil lawsuit is in the works.
Tracy’s last day will be Friday. He won’t teach the three courses he was scheduled to teach during the upcoming semester.
Tracy originally took to his personal blog, Memory Hole, in January 2013 to marshal a complex conspiracy theory to explain the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. (RELATED: Public University Professors Join Ranks Of Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorists)
He suggested that a mélange of federal agencies, state agencies and major media outlets framed Lanza as a lone, methodical gunman. He posited that several additional people were possibly involved, and that the Sandy Hook shooting could have been constructed to increase public support for gun control.
“After such a harrowing event why are select would-be family members and students lingering in the area and repeatedly offering themselves for interviews?” Tracy wrote, among much other bile. “A possible reason is that they are trained actors working under the direction of state and federal authorities and in coordination with cable and broadcast network talent to provide tailor-made crisis acting that realistically drives home the event’s tragic features.”
In April 2013, Tracy again took to Memory Hole to question official accounts of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings. He argued that the amount of damage captured on video could not be reconciled with the homemade bombs that authorities say caused the damage. The tenured professor and one-time union leader called the Boston bombing “a mass-casualty drill, which for training purposes are designed to be as lifelike as possible.”
To this day, Tracy’s blog continues to be a fever swamp of cuckoo, tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories suggesting that various events involving the deaths of many Americans have been elaborate simulations orchestrated by nefarious government forces.