The preposterous claim – which has since become denier canon – that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed in 2008 due to non-existent “asbestos contamination” is not based on any actual evidence, but has been made solely out of convenience. Trying to explain how in the world President Obama or FEMA or the lizard people could successfully pull off a convincing phony school shooting in an abandoned school is tricky enough, but trying to solve how they could perform such a feat in a bustling elementary school, full of hundreds and hundreds of children, is infinitely more so. But whether it’s four years or four days, Sandy Hook deniers have flat-out failed to produce even one iota of proof in the three and a half years since the shooting. This is indisputable.

Meanwhile, there exists a truly impressive amount of evidence to the contrary, further re-enforcing the incredibly obvious: Sandy Hook Elementary School was (of course) open and fully operational on December 14th, 2012, when Adam Lanza shot his way into the school and murdered twenty-six people. The school was not shuttered in 2008 (nor 2009, 2010, etc), and those who continue to insist that it was are either liars, out to make a quick buck; the mentally ill; or gullible ignoramuses. But at least there’s a glimmer of hope for the latter, and that’s one of the big reasons that this series of entries – and even this site itself – exists.
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The nonsensical Sandy Hook denier narrative – wholly invented and peddled (quite literally, via autographed books, endless panhandling fundraising drives, and advertising revenue) by lunatics such as Wolfgang Halbig, James Fetzer, James Tracy, and Maria Chang – is one that aggressively defies all logic and reason. It requires us to believe that the United States government was able to successfully (at least in the minds of 99.99% of the world’s population) engineer an enormous, sprawling drama, involving hundreds if not thousands of fiercely loyal, silent conspirators and co-conspirators, simply to pass some limp-dicked local gun legislation, while simultaneously refusing to accept the idea that a mentally-ill twenty year-old obsessed with school shootings and with easy, unrestricted access to powerful assault weapons could shoot up an elementary school. It also requires us to believe that those same criminal masterminds possess the nearly endless resources required to pull off such a feat (which includes buying nearly everyone in Newtown a house apparently), but need to continually re-use their “actors” in vastly different “roles”. For instance, we’re told – presumably with a straight face – that Sandy Hook parent David Wheeler also needed to “play” an FBI agent. And as I learned the other day, veteran medical examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver even had to direct traffic at the entrance to Dickinson Drive. Why would this be necessary when Newtown has a fully capable volunteer fire and rescue company? And why would he allow himself to be photographed this way by a member of the complicit mainstream media? Trust me, these are not the kinds of questions deniers like to answer.
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A recent post on Reddit’s conspiracy subreddit (their nomenclature, not mine) attempted to breathe new life into the very old, very stupid claim that all of the cars parked in the Sandy Hook School’s lot that morning were facing the same direction, which I guess is supposed to be evidence of staging rather than convenience. Confident that I had tackled this low-hanging fruit some time ago, I searched through my own posts and – much to surprise – found that I had only made very brief mention of it in Fact Checking “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”, Chapter One. Huh. Then I realized that this was due to the fact that the claim only appears once in Fetzer’s masterwork, in the Prologue, which I never bothered to cover due to my belief that any claims made in the prologue would surely be revisited later in the book. In my defense, I was just starting this wonderful journey and I hadn’t yet realized that, despite his many, many attempts, James Fetzer simply does not know how to write a book. My bad.

So, like one of those terrible dreams where you’re forced to go back to high school as an adult because you just realized you failed a class and never graduated, I must now relive one of the most painful experiences of my life: reading “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill To Promote Gun Control”, by James Fetzer.
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Maybe you don’t read all of my posts. I don’t know, and I’m not about to tell you how to read blogs. Maybe you’re busy! But if you do have a tendency to jump around a bit, maybe you skipped right over my June 13th, 2016 entry, titled “Dust Your Checkbook Off, Wolfgang”. If so, let me get you up to speed: self-professed school, gay nightclub, and whatever else now expert Wolfgang Halbig has for years offered up a number of cash rewards, ranging from anywhere between $1,000 to $10,000, in exchange for very specific photographs from Sandy Hook Elementary School. “Easy money”, according to Halbig. But of course these rewards are entirely fictitious; extensively advertised (but never delivered) in a transparent bid to bolster his credibility. After all, who would dare to offer up such substantial rewards – even if they were presumably taken from the six figure sum he’s somehow managed to earn in donations – unless they were absolutely certain that no one could possibly claim them? Or at least I assume that’s the logic behind it. But the truth is that this trick, much like Halbig’s entire carny routine, is as old as time (thanks to Stephen Tobey on Facebook for the great read).
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Hey, sometimes I like to talk about other conspiracy theories too, okay?

While the perplexing rise and even more baffling Republican nomination of reality television star and failed steak salesman Donald Trump has certainly been uh, interesting, the 2016 United States Presidential Election is not at all unique in that it has generated a metric shit ton of misinformation, which has spawned a number of goofy conspiracy theories. A fairly recent one – originating from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA – managed to gain some traction among supporters of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. In fact, it was the following video, taken by Eden McFadden – an actual Sanders delegate from California – that birthed this absolute twaddle:
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When I wrote Part Seven of this series, I had mentioned that I was in the process of sorting through somewhere around one hundred and twenty additional photographs taken in and around Sandy Hook School between 2008 – the year Sandy Hook deniers and hoaxers such as James Fetzer erroneously claim that the school was secretly shuttered, all while failing to provide even a single piece of empirical evidence to support their ridiculous fairy tales – and 2012, which is of course the year Adam Lanza broke into the school and murdered twenty-six people. Many of those photographs ended up in the entries that followed while others provided even further proof that Wolfgang Halbig is nothing more than a liar (spoiler: he never paid me).

Even after all of that, I still had over ninety-five photographs left over – all collected from The Newtown Bee (which helpfully provides photographic metadata to the public for nearly all of their content) and The Newtown Patch – that were a bit more difficult for me to organize. So this entry serves to act as a “dumping ground” of sorts, heavy on photographic evidence of the school’s operation while lacking the structure or narrative seen in previous entries in the series.

Since there are so many photographs, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for me to post every last one of them. Instead, I will post those I believe to be the most important or incriminating to deniers like Fetzer and Halbig while simply linking to the remainder. I will also do my absolute best to present them in chronological order and with the corresponding articles whenever possible. Photos that are of no real significance and contain personal information (and there are about a half dozen or so of those total) will be left out for obvious reasons.
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The Sandy Hook School library was a hotbed of activity for both students and faculty alike. As such, there is plenty of evidence that shows the area in use between 2008 – the year con men such as James Fetzer falsely claim the school was closed – and 2012. Some of this evidence has already been shared and discussed in earlier entries. For example, when children’s author Patricia Polacco visited the school on September 15th, 2011 (covered in “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open”, parts six and seven), she signed copies of her books in the library, as seen in this photograph from the 2011-2012 Scrapbook:
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Like the previous seven entries in the series (and those still to come), today we will continue to present even more evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School was open and fully operational – and had been for fifty-six years – when Adam Lanza shot his way into the school and murdered twenty children and six adults. This of course runs completely contrary to the absurd idea – presented by conspiracy theorists such as James Fetzer and Wolfgang Halbig – that it was quietly shuttered in 2008 due to a non-existent asbestos problem. Or dirty walls. Or whatever the claim is these days.

Throughout the years, the students and staff of Sandy Hook lent their time to a number of charitable causes, from collecting Valentine’s Day cards for American troops every February to Thanksgiving food drives. These photographs represent just some of the events that took place at the school, featured here because they can be corroborated by write-ups in The Newtown Bee and/or on social media. Other examples of the school’s giving spirit can already be seen elsewhere on the site, such as the “small bags, bears, books, and basics” as well as the hats and mittens collection drives seen here. Many more are outlined in this article (“Sandy Hook School 3rd And 4th Graders Focus On Community Service”), published by The Newtown Patch on June 21st, 2012.
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As I sort through nearly one hundred and twenty additional photographs taken in and around Sandy Hook Elementary during the four year period James Fetzer and his brain dead supporters erroneously claim the school was closed, I noticed that a handful of well-known and accomplished children’s authors generously came and met with the students. As the dates of these visits can be corroborated, one is forced to wonder whether Fetzer believes these accomplished authors A) are complicit in the “hoax”, B) were somehow lured into a convincingly staged school full of children (which was simultaneously being used as “storage”, according to Maria Chang and Allan Powell) for the sake of a couple of photographs quietly published in the local paper. Or maybe he’ll just dismiss them as “fakes”, much like he does with everything else that he can’t twist and manipulate to fit into his narrative.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the guests who have passed through the school between 2010-2012:
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Internet panhandler Wolfgang Halbig must have collected more money from his frequent donation drives than he knows what to do with because he’s practically begging people like me (as well as CW Wade of Sandy Hook Facts) to take it from him, one grand at a time. There’s simply no other way to explain his repeated offers to hand out $1,000 to anyone who can produce photographs from the 2012 Veteran’s Day Breakfast, an annual tradition at Sandy Hook School.
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