FL Professor James Tracy Suggests Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax; Could He Be Fired?
James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, suggested on his blog that the December 14 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax. This has led to calls for his firing, though the school has said he has a right to express his views on his personal blog. Tracy said his remarks have been oversimplified by the media since they became public. "I said I think that there may very well be elements of that event that are synthetic to some degree, that are somewhat contrived. I think overall that the media really did drop the ball. I don't think that they got to the bottom of some of the things that may have taken place there," he said.
When asked whether he believes that 20 children were killed that day, he says "most likely that took place."
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Megyn Kelly discussed Tracy's remarks on Kelly's Court today with Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl and defense attorney Mark Eiglarsh. At issue is whether Tracy can be fired for these statements, even if they're on a personal blog. Eiglarsh said it would simply be unconstitutional for the university to fire Tracy, because the statements are protected under the First Amendment and were posted on a personal website. Wiehl argued that the school could make the case that Tracy is displaying "gross incompetence" by writing things that are blatantly false. Watch the debate: