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, Part One) 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, first in the school’s cafetorium:

As well as one of the school’s classrooms:

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 9th, 2012. Arts For Learning Connecticut’s Carnival Trio perform for a large number of students in Sandy Hook’s cafetorium:

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:

1) 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.
2) 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.

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 attended the concert and tweeted about it himself:

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

5 Thoughts on “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open, Part Five: Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter Feed

  1. I post my comment here, not to diminish the import or tragedy of any of your other posts, but because I found this one particularly poignant.

    I just wish to say how outstanding I think your work is.

    Having struggled to understand the mind set of ‘truthers’ for a couple of years, I came across this blog a few weeks ago and read it from beginning to end. I’ve appreciated it as I do a page-turning true crime book. The chapter by chapter take down of Fester & friends is masterful, providing an emotional ride through deep sadness, to seething rage and pure mirth.

    I suggest new readers start at the last page and work through each blog. It’s worth it.

    Thanks again for an amazing read. It’s (partially) reaffirmed my faith in humanity.

  2. I have some things I have not seen addressed yet anywhere else yet..

    So let’s talk about these school photos on the Twitter feed.

    First, odd that this was only used for 3 moths. Not much history but I can see them defend that she just got into Twitter.

    First the “fire drill” tweet has an arched cover area behind the children. I have seen photos for every inch of the school. That photo was not taken there. I even looked by the firehouse, which is a stretch since a drill is always done at the school just as the ones at my building at work.

    Then look at the photo on that is on November 13th. It is clear that was in a taller room. Which means it was in the gym or multi-purpose room. Ther are no other rooms that high. But look at the 2nd window. It’s has crossed panes while the rest do not. This window doesn’t match any in either of those building. I looked.

    Those photos are not in that school.

    The only ouc that looks like it was taken at that school was the one that “Dawn” is in at the entrance.

    Now they say the school was closed due to asbestos.

    Which means it would be unsafe unless in protective gear. So that would explain the lack of legitimate photos cause it would be easy enough to bring in the actors for a few shots.

    Also, can’t get a better school to do this with. Super small town and a school that is not visable on the main road.

    Unless you had children there, you would not pay attention.

    I saw one hoax disputer claim she drove by on her way to work and could see the kids on the playground. Not only is the school not visable from the road but the playground is even in the opposite side from the road.

    And that handicap spot. I doubt a school would have not had that addressed. It was legally required to be specific colors and have he metal post. As it was was a violation. Not likely.

    • Shill Murray on September 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm said:

      “First, odd that this was only used for 3 moths. Not much history but I can see them defend that she just got into Twitter.”

      I don’t think it’s all that strange. An average of 135,000 people join Twitter every day. I personally didn’t join Twitter until about six months ago. I also get the feeling that if she had signed up the previous year, we’d still be having the same conversation.

      Of course “three moths[sic]” (or months) sounds a lot less impressive than the entirety of the 2012-2013 school year. But at the time of the shooting, that’s exactly what it was. I personally think it’s obvious that she had started the account for the benefit of the school, and not to document her personal life.

      “First the “fire drill” tweet has an arched cover area behind the children. I have seen photos for every inch of the school. That photo was not taken there. I even looked by the firehouse, which is a stretch since a drill is always done at the school just as the ones at my building at work.”

      Uh, then you did not look very hard. It’s a structure just behind the firehouse, closer to the school. The most recent Google Street View does not allow you to travel up Dickenson Drive (as it was taken in October of 2014), but you can get pretty close to the location using the Street View images from 2008.

      https://www.google.com/maps/@41.4220033,-73.2779819,3a,75y,93.63h,85.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdbw0GqvJ7g4G6eGQEBpO9Q!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

      Also, think about this logically: even if the school were completely condemned (it wasn’t), what would stop them from taking photos outside of the school? Why would they need to take them in another location? It doesn’t make any sense.

      “Then look at the photo on that is on November 13th. It is clear that was in a taller room. Which means it was in the gym or multi-purpose room. Ther are no other rooms that high. But look at the 2nd window. It’s has crossed panes while the rest do not. This window doesn’t match any in either of those building. I looked.”

      Again, you simply did not look hard enough. That picture was clearly taken in the cafetorium. Those are the windows that face the courtyard. I would suggest watching WDMCS_School_Interior_4_of_5.wmv, available on http://cspsandyhookreport.ct.gov/. You can skip to around 33:03 and you’ll see those exact windows. Notice the crossed panes, the strip and clock directly beneath it (which make another appearance in the December 12th photo showing the winter concert rehearsal), and its relation to the exit sign and double doors to the right.

      “Those photos are not in that school.”

      They definitely are.

      “The only ouc that looks like it was taken at that school was the one that “Dawn” is in at the entrance.”

      Not even close. The picture from October 8th was clearly taken in the cafetorium (recognizable even without Thanksgiving decorations in the video above); November 6th shows the area just outside of the library; the two pictures from November 9th once again show the cafetorium (this time focusing on the stage), as do the three photos from the Veterans Day breakfast; November 16th is obviously of the school’s courtyard; November 28th shows the school’s music room; and December 4th was taken inside of the school’s library (which has been extensively photographed). The other rooms are a little tougher to identify and corroborate because the crime scene photos and walk-through videos do not show every square inch of the school.

      Now if you’ve truly seen “every square inch” of the school, then those areas should be recognizable to you. But as I’ve already demonstrated, that may not be an entirely accurate statement on your part.

      “Now they say the school was closed due to asbestos.”

      Only hoaxers say this. There is absolutely no evidence that this is true. In fact, there’s plenty of evidence that it is not true, the most damning of which would be the fact that the school was given a 4 (out of a possible 4, indicating that there was “Not a problem”) for “Asbestos remediation” in the Connecticut Department of Education’s 2011 school facilities survey. There’s a link to it here.

      “Which means it would be unsafe unless in protective gear. So that would explain the lack of legitimate photos cause it would be easy enough to bring in the actors for a few shots.”

      What makes a photo “legitimate” in your eyes? Because in addition to what’s included on Dawn’s Twitter feed, I have – on this website – posted literally hundreds of photographs taken in and around the school between the 2008-2012.

      “I saw one hoax disputer claim she drove by on her way to work and could see the kids on the playground. Not only is the school not visable from the road but the playground is even in the opposite side from the road.”

      What am I supposed to do with this? Maybe she was talking about Crestwood. I don’t know, because I’m getting the claim secondhand, through you. But you know Riverside is not the only road that runs by the school, correct?

      “And that handicap spot. I doubt a school would have not had that addressed. It was legally required to be specific colors and have he metal post. As it was was a violation. Not likely.”

      Oh boy. So what? I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on ADA compliance, but I do know that it doesn’t matter much. 83% of New York City’s elementary schools are non-compliant. 83%! And that’s just New York City. The idea that a school or any other public institution cannot possibly remain open while their handicapped spots are not painted the correct colors is just stupid, to be completely honest.

      Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/22/nyregion/most-new-york-elementary-schools-are-violating-disabilities-act-investigation-finds.html

  3. Deplorable Left on February 15, 2017 at 4:15 am said:

    Fake twitter account started only 4 months prior to attack. If you believe anyone died you are a total idiot. This was a staged event plain and simple. Do your reasearch, but avoid this CIA shill site. It’s full of lies. We need a class action lawsuit for inflicting emotional distress on millions of Americans.

    • Shill Murray on February 17, 2017 at 3:32 am said:

      This is such by-the-numbers denier spam that it is nearly indistinguishable from parody. A bunch of insane claims made without any evidence whatsoever? Check! Lazy ad hominems? Check! Accusing those who disagree with you of being “CIA shills” (again, without any evidence)? Check! Telling people to “do their research” while dismissing the extensive, legitimate, and verifiable research done here while debunking the entirety of James Fetzer’s garbage book? Check!

      So the Twitter account was created “only four months prior to the attack”? You mean at the beginning of the 2012 school year? Yes, what strange timing! Surely it would have made much more sense for a sophomore principal to start a school-centric Twitter account in the middle of the summer, while everyone is on break!

      For clarification, just how long does an account need to exist before it’s no longer considered suspicious? Actually, don’t bother answering that, because I know that it’s never enough for nutters like yourself. And what exactly makes it a “fake” Twitter? What proof, if any (you don’t have any), do you have of this claim? Again, don’t bother answering, because I know that it’s none.

      And what about the local papers, who never stopped reporting on the school? That includes 180+ articles and hundreds of photographs published between 2008-2012. So you can’t hand-wave them away by claiming they popped up shortly before the shooting, because we all know that’s simply not true. Let me guess: they were in on it all along! So why did they wait so long to start a Twitter account? I guess they just forgot!

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