“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
By “Dr. Eowyn” (aka Maria Hsia Chang)
“Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi said (5:45 mark), “The school’s been closed down for God knows how long. [Neighbors] can’t understand why there were kids in that building because it was condemned.” pg. 30
Which neighbors? Not a single name is given, and seeing as how this claim comes from a “reporter” for one of the most notorious and profitable conspiracy cranks on the planet (Alex Jones), a grain of salt may not be enough: you may want a shaker’s full before you even consider ingesting this one. The fact is that you can find a number of interviews with area residents all over the place, and none of them seem to be even the slightest bit confused by the fact that children were at the school. Certainly if the school had been closed for some time, as Fetzer claims, someone would ask what they were doing there.
“In 2004, the Newtown Board of Education was told “there were serious problems with the Sandy Hook elementary school roof.” pg. 30
Which is probably why a new roof was installed three years later, in 2007. From a July 13th, 2012 article in the Newtown Bee:
Work on the Sandy Hook School roof began in earnest last week as materials for the $180,000 project were set in position. The project to replace the school’s entire roof won the school board’s nod over a $70,000 offer by Barrett Roofing and Supply Inc to repair leaks in the roof. The town has filed a lawsuit against Barrett for $15,000 in damages after the flat-style roof on the elementary school began leaking. The roof was installed five years ago.
Why would they spend $180k on a new roof for a school that they were planning on abandoning a year later (according to Fetzer)? Good question! Don’t ask him, though!
“Four years later, in 2008, there was yet more bad news: SHES was contaminated with asbestos.” pg. 30
This is simply not true. There was no asbestos “contamination”. From the 2010-2011 Sandy Hook Elementary School handbook:
We have a Tools for Schools indoor environmental resource team that works in coordination with district efforts to monitor and improve air quality. Our building is inspected every 6 months as required by § 19a-333-1 through 13 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies, “Asbestos-Containing Materials in Schools”; to determine any changes in the condition of identified asbestos-containing building materials. Additionally, the school will be reinspected every three years by an accredited inspector following the same basic criteria as stated in the original plan. Sandy Hook School maintains in its Main Office a complete updated copy of the asbestos management plan. It is available during normal business hours for inspection. The designated person for the Asbestos Program is Gino Faiella and can be contacted at 203-426-7615. We remind you that this notification is required by law and should not be construed to indicate the existence of any hazardous conditions in our school buildings.
“On October 5, 2013, nearly 10 months after the massacre, a city referendum passed by over 90% in support of the demolition and rebuilding of SHES with a generous $49.25 million grant from the State of Connecticut. The reason given for the demolition was ‘asbestos abatement’.” pg. 30
The state of Connecticut offered Newtown a $49,250,000 grant in order to build a new elementary school. Newtown allowed all registered residents – via a referendum – to vote on whether they should use the money “for architectural and engineering services for the design of a new elementary school in Sandy Hook, demolition of existing school and for the construction of said school and the acquisition of two parcels of land for the purpose of relocating the entrance of said school”. If they had voted “no”, Newtown would lose the grant and they would be forced to find “other alternatives would have to be found for the entire elementary school population of Sandy Hook”. Not surprisingly, the referendum passed with 89% approval. You can view the results here:
The reason given for the demolition was not “asbestos abatement”. That doesn’t even make much sense as asbestos can be abated (lessened or removed entirely, which is the literal definition of “abatement”) without demolishing the entire building. In fact, that was explored as a possibility. The actual reason for the demolition was the cost of making the necessary repairs to the school as well as bringing it up to code, etc, would have been too expensive for the small town. From the referendum Q&A:
Analysis of the renovate vs. build new by the Advisory Committee showed that costs to renovate this 56 year old building, bring it up to code, eliminate the portables, make it energy efficient, provide necessary safety features, and more, generated a cost almost at the same level of new building construction.
The asbestos abatement is for hazardous materials removal, so that the building can be safely demolished without spreading asbestos everywhere.
“Bestech will spend this weekend beginning demolition, working wing-by-wing as asbestos is removed from each section of the school, according to WTNH. First Selectman Pat Llodra told WTNH no materials from the old school building would leave the site.
“It might become part of the base for the new road or the foundation, or you know, the contractors will make the decision how best to use those materials,” she said.
Llodra told Patch abatement, which began earlier this month, is necessary before demolition can begin.
“We have to get rid of the hazardous materials on the site before we can do anything else,” she said.
“Classrooms and hallways were used for storage, jammed with furniture and office supplies. Then there is this photo of a pile of dust underneath an alleged bullet hole in a wall outside Room 1C, which looks suspiciously like the debris from someone drilling a pretend “bullet” hole into the ceramic wall-tile.” pg. 32
This is a very dumb claim, but I somehow spent so much time on it that I spun it out into it’s own post.
As for the “pile of dust” claim, I’m actually a bit confused as to what “Dr. Eowyn” is implying here: is she suggesting that a bullet striking ceramic tile would not produce dust? I don’t understand how this could only be made with a drill. Were the numerous bullet holes and dings noted in my article on chapter one also made with a drill? Wouldn’t that be incredibly time consuming? Why not just use a real gun? If the school is abandoned, what’s the harm?
“Arguably, the most compelling evidence that SHES had long been abandoned before the 2012 massacre is the testimony from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine of the school’s lack of of Internet activity from the beginning of 2008 through all of 2012.” pg. 34
Oh, wow. Old people and the Internet, am I right? “Dr. Eowyn” attributes this particular piece of stupidity to either “Jungle Server” or “Jungle Surfer”, though I’m not sure which one is correct because she writes both. How many people had eyes on this thing again?
Anyway, you can read a thorough breakdown of this claim in “The Most Compelling Evidence” In “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook” Is A Total Bust.