Professional crank James Fetzer and his band of loopy dipshits put a lot of stock in Twitter updates (or “tweets”, as the kids call them), citing them as evidence a handful of times throughout the despicable “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”. In fact, in Chapter Five, Vivian Lee considers a handful of confusingly time-stamped tweets (the product of a well-known Twitter “bug”, as discussed in Chapter Five) to be one of the “top ten reasons Sandy Hook was an elaborate hoax”. On page 67, under “4. There was foreknowledge of the event”, she writes:
In addition, tweets about the shooting began before it occurred, a tribute was apparently uploaded one month before the event, and web pages honoring the victims, including a Facebook page R.I.P. Victoria Soto, were established before they had “officially” died.
Much has also been made of a single seemingly innocuous tweet originating from Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter account, posted on October 17th, 2012, showing the school’s students participating in their annual evacuation drill. Despite not looking anything at all like the chaos that unfolded less than two months later (which should come to an enormous shock to no one, ever), this is somehow supposed to be proof that what occurred on December 14th, 2012, was actually just a drill:
Of course this would not be at all noteworthy if the authors had any doubts whatsoever regarding the legitimacy of the account, just as tweets from the morning of the 14th could not possibly be considered one of the “top ten reasons Sandy Hook was an elaborate hoax” unless they also had total faith in the site’s ability to accurately time-stamp its user-generated content. With this in mind, Fetzer and his “expert researchers” logically have no choice but to accept the fact that all of the the photographs shared by Dawn Hochsprung on Twitter between September and December of 2012 must also be genuine. As these photos depict a busy and bustling elementary school, this would obviously deal a devastating blow to Fetzer’s absurd claim that Sandy Hook had been closed and unoccupied since 2008; an idea which acts as the foundation for his entire theory (and, as such, this book). So it shouldn’t come as much as a surprise to anyone who understands how these hucksters work that the book make no mention of Dawn’s timeline outside of the evacuation photo and, in their attempt to hide it from their readers, even cite their own blog entries about the evacuation photo in the footnotes rather instead the actual source. An example, from page 96:
Why wouldn’t they provide the URL to the photo on Dawn’s timeline as their source? What is it they don’t want their readers to see?
October 9th, 2012. Dawn tweets a photo from a “Pathways to Common Core” conference. While it doesn’t offer us a glimpse inside Sandy Hook, the event is corroborated by the November, 2012 edition of the Newtown’s Public Schools “Superintendent’s Newsletter”, which includes the following quote by survivor Natalie Hammond:
“For the past year, Sandy Hook teachers have been focused on increasing students’ independence as learners, expanding opportunities for student discourse, and raising the level of rigor in our questioning. This summer, eighteen Sandy Hook educators participated in week-long Reading Workshop training. Most attended Newtown’s Homegrown Institute in July, and several traveled to The Teachers College at Columbia University. Our faculty also read Lucy Calkins’ Pathways to the Common Core. We are excited to implement all of our new learning in Sandy Hook classrooms and to share our growth with our colleagues!” Lead Teacher, Natalie Hammond (SHS) affirmed the excitement and quality of the Reading Workshop.
October 18th, 2012. Students and faculty are seen celebrating the fall in one of the the school’s classrooms:
As well as in the school’s cafetorium:
That second photo is particularly noteworthy because it includes victim James Mattioli as well as his older sister, Anna (circled):
October 23rd, 2012. Some of the school’s older students are seen inside one of the classrooms:
October 24th, 2012. Another classroom, full of Sandy Hook students and teachers:
November 6th, 2012. Sandy Hook teachers pore through books in the hallway just outside of the school library:
November 12th, 2012. A series of tweets documents the school’s annual Veteran’s Day breakfast, which is held in their cafetorium. Previous Veteran’s Day breakfasts are documented in Sandy Hook’s PTA minutes for May 20th, 2010 and December 1st, 2011:
You can read more about the 2012 Veterans Day Breakfast and my (one-sided, in my opinion) battle with professional denier Wolfgang Halbig in “Wily Wolfgang Weasels His Way Out Of Another One”.
November 13th, 2012. Students and parents are seen at the school’s book fair, which is corroborated by the November 8th, 2012 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” newsletter:
While a bit difficult to make out, there are a couple of items visible in this photo that would make it impossible to have been taken at any point prior to April of 2012:
- An “Angry Birds” poster. “Angry Birds” was not released until 2009, which means that there is no way it could have been available for sale at a book fair taking place in a school that closed a year earlier.
- The following Justin Bieber “Boyfriend” poster:
Justin Bieber’s song “Boyfriend” was released on March 26th, 2012. Again, it is 100% impossible for this poster to have been photographed in the school at any point before April of 2012. That is indisputable.
For more on Sandy Hook’s November, 2012 Scholastic book fair, click here.
November 14th, 2012. Sandy Hook staff (including Victoria Soto in the middle) raise money for Adopt-A-Family:
November 16th, 2012. Dawn – as the Sandy Hook Book Fairy – reads to 1st grade students read in the school’s courtyard:
November 19th, 2012. Sandy Hook’s 3rd grade teachers work with students and staff from Teachers College Columbia University:
November 28th, 2012. 1st graders are shown preparing for the school’s holiday concert on December 13th. If you view the full-size version of the photo, you’ll see that the date of the concert – Thursday, December 13th (which would make it 2012) – as well as its location (Newtown High School) is written on the whiteboard:
December 4th, 2012. Sandy Hook Elementary teachers assembled in the library, utilizing a SMART Technologies projector that did not exist in 2008 as well as an iPad (the first model was released in 2010):
Local newspaper The Newtown Bee was also on hand that day to report on the school’s Appy Hour event. You can find a link to the resulting article (which includes a photograph) in “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open, Part Nine: The Library”.
December 10th, 2012. Students operate a play supermarket, “selling” Pop-Tarts that advertised “Pop-Tart World”, which didn’t come into existence until August of 2010:
December 12th, 2012. The 4th grade choir rehearses for the following night’s winter concert:
Connecticut state representative John Frey – whose two nieces were members of the school’s choir – tweeted from the concert the following evening:
December 13th, 2012. Dawn Hochsprung’s final tweet, showing a series of books that were not released until 2011:
For more in the “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open” series, please read:
Part One: The Lobby
Part Two: The Obstinate Pen
Part Three: Holiday Decorations And Calendars
Part Four: SMART Technologies
Part Five: Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter Feed
Part Six: The 2011-2012 Scrapbook
Part Seven: Children’s Authors Visit Sandy Hook
Part Eight: Charitable Causes
Part Nine: The Library
Part Ten: 92 More Photos From Sandy Hook School
Part Eleven: 180 Articles Referencing Sandy Hook School, Written Between 2008-2012
Part Twelve: The Glass Display Cases
Part Thirteen: Google Earth
Part Fourteen: The November 2012 Scholastic Book Fair
Part Fifteen: Sandy Hook School Enrollment For 2008-2017