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Man who helped Sandy Hook kids is harassed by conspiracy theorists

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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Man who helped Sandy Hook kids is harassed by conspiracy theorists

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Gene Rosen on the Fox News Channel. (Fox News)

A man who found six children in his driveway in Newtown, Conn., after their teacher had been shot and killed in last month's school massacre has become the target of conspiracy theorists who believe the shootings were staged.

"I don't know what to do," Gene Rosen told Salon.com. "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?'"

Rosen, a 69-year-old retired psychologist who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shootings took place, says his inbox is filled with emails like this one:

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?

"The quantity of the material is overwhelming," Rosen said, adding that he's sought the advice of a retired state police officer and plans to alert the FBI.

[Related: One month after school massacre, parents of Sandy Hook victims speak, urging ‘real change']

On the morning of Dec. 14, Rosen had just finished feeding his cats when he saw six small children "sitting in a neat semicircle" at the end of his driveway. According to the Associated Press:

A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from the school to escape a gunman.

"We can't go back to school," one little boy told Rosen. "Our teacher is dead."

Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman, had shot his way into the school and opened fire, killing 20 children and six adults.

[Slideshow: Scenes from Newtown, Dec. 14-21, 2012]

Rosen took the four girls and two boys-students of slain teacher Victoria Soto-into his home, gave them toys and comforted them while he tried to reach their parents. He spent the days following the massacre telling his story to the swarming media that invaded the small Connecticut town in the wake of the shootings.

"I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children," Rosen told Salon. "I guess I kind of opened myself up to this."

A quick Web search for Rosen's name reveals some of what he's opened himself up to: Appearing online are photos of his home, his address and phone number, several fake YouTube accounts and plenty of conspiracy theories.

One post, entitled "Grieving Town Grandfather, or Bad 'Crisis Actor,'" reads in part:

Gene's oft repeated, and changing, story about that day, focuses totally on the kids and the sound of gunshots. Even though his eyes and ears should've taken in the whole scene, his story focuses completely on the kids and the guns.

Why? Well, if this was a false flag event designed to move political opinion on gun control, here in America, then you would get a lot more bang for your buck by talking about the innocent little children. That's what tugs on America's heart strings the most ... especially around Christmas time.

He mentions contacting the FBI. I wonder...can't some of these emails be traced? And the sender charged with harassment?

 

by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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katy_kay08
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM
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As these conspiracy theories spiral out of control, I'm more and more disgusted by the people that are likely to believe them and perpetuate them.  

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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Far too many people, who claim they are sane, believe this garbage and jump on the bandwagon.

This poor man.  Some thing needs to be done when those who fail to recognize reality start to insinuate themselves in to the lives of others in the way that is happening to this man.

ZsMommy
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Plain and simple-I'm so sick of this Conspiracy crap. That poor man.


jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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 But this one I really don't get. How can people claim that it was a hoax? What about all the people who were killed? The grieving parents? Are they being harassed as well? Are people telling them that they're acting? That their kid is really just in hiding somewhere?

krysstizzle
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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Ya know, I really am glad that we don't generally have to spend hours curing a hide that took hours to hunt just to make ourselves a blanket so we don't freeze to death. I'm glad we don't generally have to spend a large portion of our lives securing our basic necessities. 

But I swear, when people go fucking nuts like, they just have too goddamn much time on their hands and it might do them good to get a hobby, something far away from technology and the connections it offers to other nutcases. 


Because honestly, even if by some bizarre chance these people's crazy conspiracies were true...what the fuck is harrassing a 60 year old man going to accomplish? What? If the government has its shit together enough to pull this off, what in the crying out loud world is calling and hanging up on some random guy going to do? 

It's like people are living in some sort of wacked out alternate reality. 

Assholes. 

katy_kay08
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

it's disgusting but yes people are claiming this did not happen.  That it was all a government plot to bring about the end of gun ownership in our country.  
There is a Professor in florida that has put forth this "crisis actor" scenario and suggested that it was a very loud crisis drill with loud sound effects.  

I do wonder how far these sick freaks will go to torment the victims of Sandyhook.  

Quoting jehosoba84:

 But this one I really don't get. How can people claim that it was a hoax? What about all the people who were killed? The grieving parents? Are they being harassed as well? Are people telling them that they're acting? That their kid is really just in hiding somewhere?


Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

This makes me sad. = (

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Where did he get the toys?

katy_kay08
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

the man has grandchildren.  

Quoting Citygirlk:

Where did he get the toys?


krysstizzle
by on Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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Are you kidding?

Quoting Citygirlk:

Where did he get the toys?


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