Obviously the claim that Sandy Hook Elementary School ceased all “Internet activity” between 2008 and “all of 2012” – all part of a larger theory that the school permanently closed its doors in 2008 – is nothing but pure fantasy; the net result of some shamefully incompetent research conducted by a couple of desperate space cadets who have chosen to spend their golden years chasing windmills (as well as harassing grieving families). In addition to the undeniable technical explanation provided in “Why The Most Compelling Evidence In Nobody Died At Sandy Hook Is A Total Bust”, there’s also actual demonstrable activity on Sandy Hook Elementary School’s website during that contested (though only by idiots) five year period. One noteworthy example of this is Sandy Hook’s “scrapbook” from the 2011-2012 school year: a series of sixteen online photo albums, all of which show plenty of busy students, faculty, and guests participating in a number of school activities. These photos – and there over 200 of them – are yet another superfluous nail in the coffin of con men like James Fetzer, Wolfgang Halbig, and their absurd charade.
If you’re interested in viewing the albums for yourself – and I would recommend you do, especially if you’ve ever given any level of thought to denier nonsense – you can do so here, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. I’m only going to highlight a handful of those photos, focusing my attention on those that I believe are the most significant and instrumental in corroborating the “official” (i.e. correct) story.
Note: This entry is (obviously) very picture heavy! You can click on any photo to view it full-sized in another tab.
The school’s music teacher, Maryrose Kristopik, is shown leading the 4th grade chorus in a rehearsal before their upcoming concert, which was held at the high school on December 8th, 2011:
The Newtown Bee wrote about the rehearsal in their December 16th, 2011 edition. A photograph included with the article is still featured on the newspaper’s site:
Clicking on the photo’s “Info” button allows us to view its EXIF data and verify that it was taken on December 7th, 2011:
As far as I can tell, this works with every photo available on The Newtown Bee’s photography website, as we’ll demonstrate throughout this entry.
Members of Dance China NY performed for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Monday, January 30th, 2012:
The group’s visit is outlined in the January 26th edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (which has a “created” date of January 25th, 2012):
Monday, January 30 will not only be Spirit Day at SHS, but it will also be the day we welcome DANCE CHINA NY, thanks to the generous support of our PTA!
The children of Sandy Hook celebrated the Chinese New Year on Monday, January 23rd, 2012. Here’s the sign that stood in the lobby that day:
This is not insignificant: “The Year of the Dragon” only comes once every twelve years, with the most recent taking place in – you guessed it – 2012. “But that doesn’t prove anything!” some mouth-breathing denier may hammer out with their little sausage fingers in between threatening phone calls to Gene Rosen. “Obviously they took those photos in 2008! They just swapped the sign out, held onto the pictures for four years, and then posted them on their website!” A ridiculous proposition of course, but consider who we’re dealing with here.
Thankfully it’s a bit more difficult to deny some of the other evidence included in these photos:
Here we can see one student is wearing a t-shirt from the 2011 (which I’ve circled in yellow) Marshwoods New Hampshire Youth Wrestling Classic, which was obviously not available in 2008. Also notice that the hallway is not cluttered, further refuting the absolutely preposterous claim that the school was used as storage, as alleged by “Dr. Eowyn” (Maria Hsia Chang) in Chapter Two of “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”.
The date (again – January 23rd, 2012) can also be seen on the whiteboard in this photo:
This album also includes a heartbreaking photo of 1st grade teacher and victim Victoria Soto, happily watching the students from the doorway of her classroom, which is where she ultimately lost her life:
Again, this is the exact hallway “Dr. Eowyn” claimed was being used as storage at the time this photo was taken.
This album provides yet another look at a very active school, full of children, their parents, school staff, and volunteers:
These nineteen photos are from the school’s “Family Fun Night”, which took place on October 21st, 2011, and is discussed in the October 6th, October 13th, and October 20th, 2011 editions of “The Sandy Hook Connection”. October 20ths issue reads:
The FFF is Tomorrow Night
The Family Fun Fair is tomorrow! Calling all princesses, super heroes, witches, and goblins! Come in your costume to SHS on Friday, October 21, from 5-8 p.m. and enjoy a night of friends and fun. Don’t miss the spectacular haunted house, the fortune teller, and all sorts of games and crafts. In addition to pizza, we’ll be offering a hot dog cart, a pizza cart, and some witches’ brew at the baked goods table. With each purchase at the photo booth, you’ll receive a printed copy and a digital version sent to your email address. We are also having a 50/50 raffle! Please come and join in all the fun. This is a wonderful, exciting night for the entire family and a great fundraiser for SHS. We hope to see you there!
Members of Sandy Hook’s volunteer fire and rescue, including Robert Sibley, teach children about fire safety inside of the school’s cafetorium on October 25th, 2011:
1st Grade 100th Day Parade (8 photos):
Taken in February of 2011, this album shows Sandy Hook’s 1st grade students throwing a parade to celebrate their first 100 days of school. From the Newtown Bee:
Newtown schools celebrated the arrival of the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 15, with parades, counting games, and more.
At Sandy Hook School first grade students lined up at 9:20 am to march through the school with vests made out of paper bags. Each student’s vest was decorated with a differently with objects that add up to 100.
Shortly after the parade began, the students walked past collection boxes for this year’s 100th Day of School Food Drive, overseen by math/science specialist Kris Feda. Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Hochsprung joined the students near the end of the line of marchers to parade through the school as classrooms of students watched.
Teacher and victim Victoria Soto can be seen proudly leading her class through the hallways, which are lined with holiday decorations:
These decorations differ quite a bit from what is seen in the crime scene photos (taken a year later in December of 2012), categorically proving that the school’s interior has not remained stagnant since 2008:
As you can plainly see, the snowmen between classrooms #3 and #5 in the photo from 2011 have been replaced by an “Olden Days vs. Now” display. Just below that, a number of unknown papers as well as a “Brains At Work” poster have been replaced by Post-it note height markers (shown in greater detail here). Across the hall, a board containing even more papers is now a “How much snow will we get?” display.
A large number of students and faculty attended Mrs. Cao Xue Zhen’s presentation, which was held in the school’s gymnasium:
Accompanying the speaker was school principal and victim Dawn Hochsprung:
Olessa Stepanova – One School One Read Guest Reader (8 photos):
The first page of the March 15th, 2012 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (created on March 14th, 2012) reads:
Guest Readers Visit Sandy Hook for OSOR
We welcomed guest readers Mrs. Nancy Crevier, reporter from The Newtown Bee, who read to Mrs. Wexler’s 2nd grade class; Mrs. Diane Sherlock, Principal of Newtown Middle School, who read to Mrs. Clement’s 3rd grade class; Dr. Linda Gejda, Assistant Superintendent in Newtown, who read to Ms. MacMillan’s 2nd grade class; Ms. Olessa Stepanova, traffic reporter from WFSB-3 TV, who read to Mr. Varga’s 4th grade class; and Mr. Chip Dumais, Principal of Newtown High School, who read to Mrs. Usher’s 4th grade class.
This album contains eight photos from that visit. Olessa herself posted three additional pictures (as well as the eight posted on Sandy Hook’s website) from this trip on her personal Facebook page on March 23rd, 2012:
Included in both albums (the school’s as well as Olessa’s) is the following photograph (I’ve used the version taken from Olessa’s Facebook page as it’s of much better quality):
Notice anything? Let’s take a look at one more photo:
Once again, James Fetzer is done in by a child’s t-shirt.
Although partially obscured by his copy of “Stuart Little”, it’s not too difficult to make out that the boy in the front is wearing a New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI tee, which I’ve again circled in yellow. The underdog Giants of course beat the Patriots 21-17 in that game, which took place on February 5th, 2012. Obviously this merchandise would not have been available in 2008 (or 2009 or 2010 or 2011)… unless of course whoever produced the shirt is capable of predicting the future, in which case they may want to reconsider their current line of work.
The school hosted students and parents on March 22nd, 2012 for a “Stuart Little” themed night of activities to celebrate the completion of their “One School One Read” event. This album includes a look at the night’s program, which of course includes the date:
This is corroborated by the March 22nd, 2012 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (created on March 21st, 2012):
One School, One Read Family Night Tonight
Come and join in the fun of our school and family celebration of Stuart Little tonight, Thursday, March 22, at our One School, One Read SHS Family Night. Parking and space are limited, so we ask that families attend according to last name. If there is a conflict, please feel free to come to either session:
Last names A– M, Session 1, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Last names N– Z, Session 2, 7–8 p.m.
Parking will also be available at the Sandy Hook Firehouse, and overflow parking for those who can carpool will be available at Newtown United Methodist Church at 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook.
Some of the guests shown in this album are also discussed in the March 22nd, 2012 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (while others were covered earlier):
Second Week of One School, One Read Welcomes Local Guest Readers!
SHS students and staff welcomed some local celebrities as guest readers for our second week of Stuart Little. On Monday, Newtown Police Chief Mike Kehoe read to Mrs. Vollmer’s kindergartners. On Tuesday, Newtown’s First Selectman Pat Llodra read to Ms. Anderheggen’s 4th grade students and answered several questions about her personal reading and writing interests. On Wednesday, Newtown Police Youth and School Resource Officer Gladys Pisani read to Mrs. Kazlauskas’s 1st graders, who also enjoyed a special surprise from Officer Pisani; and Board of Education member Mr. Keith Alexander read to Mrs. Mackenzie’s 2nd grade students. On Thursday, Board of Education Vice-Chairperson Mrs. Laura Roche read to Mrs. Usher’s 4th grade class. We are grateful to our guest readers who were so willing to come in and share their reading talents with our students. The students loved them all!
Tony Salvatore — Assistant Principal
One photo shows children being read to in a classroom, but also gives us a glimpse outside at the school’s busy playground:
Second Grade Math Night (21 photos):
You can read more about the SMART Technologies projector shown here in Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open, Part Four: SMART Technologies.
Beginning in January of 2012, “Project Eagle” began raising funds to purchase a new tank for Sandy Hook’s school pet: a red eared slider turtle named Shelly. The group’s fundraising efforts are outlined in the January 5th, 2012 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (created on January 4th, 2012):
Shelly Needs a New Home For The New Year!
Shelly has outgrown her tank! Project Eagle needs your help to raise the funds to place her in a new home for the new year. For every dollar donated to the Shelly Fund, each donor will have a turtle with his/her name on it placed in a “tank” on the wall in the cafeteria and receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win one of multiple fun prizes. Please complete the information below and submit along with your donation today. The more dollars we collect toward our goal, the quicker we can move Shelly to her new home. And the more you donate the more chances you have to win a fun prize! Raffle prize winners will be announced on our next Spirit Day on February 1. Completed donation forms can be dropped off before school in the SHS lobby to Shelly Fund representatives (look for the raffle box) or returned to the main office in an envelope marked Shelly Fund through January 31.
This album documents Shelly being moved from the lobby…
…to her new home just outside of the school’s library:
This album contains a couple of pictures from the lobby area can be compared to those from the crime scene photos:
And the area just outside of the door to the cafetorium:
The differences between the photos – taken less than a year apart from one another – are obvious. James Fetzer expects you to believe that all of these changes were made in an abandoned school and documented by an on-going school newsletter. All while they neglected to update their website… or something.
Well-known children’s author Patricia Polacco visited Sandy Hook on September 15th, 2011 to speak with and read to the school’s students:
She was joined by school principal and victim Dawn Hochsprung:
Mrs. Polacco’s visit is corroborated by the September 8th, 2011 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (created on September 8th, 2011)…
…as well as the September 23rd, 2011 edition of The Newtown Bee. Much like the holiday chorus rehearsal shown above, photos from the article can still be found on their website:
The photo’s EXIF data confirms it was taken on September 15th, 2011:
I wonder if James Fetzer believes that Patricia Polacco A) is complicit in this (wholly imaginary) hoax, widening that circle of co-conspirators even further, or B) was somehow lured – along with a number of children – into an empty and unused school to read to juvenile “actors”, as those are the only scenarios compatible with his theory.
Sandy Hook School principal and victim Dawn Hochsprung hosts the school’s annual “Sock Hop”, which took place at Reed Intermediate School in April, 2011:
This event took place off-premises going as far back as 2006, based off of the pictures included in Sandy Hook’s 2006 photo album:
Space Visitors (7 photos):
This album features school principal and victim Dawn Hochsprung as well as assistant principal Anthony Salvatore going from room-to-room while dressed as an astronaut and alien in order to promote reading. In this photo, the date written on the planner behind Mrs. Hochsprung reads Monday, November 21st, 2011:
Space Visitors Tour SHS
Two space visitors visited every classroom last week in search of readers who could help NASA Astronaut Commander I.M. Bookman find the home of A. Li-En. Upon the students’ first sighting of A. Li-En during morning arrival, NASA sent Cmdr. Bookman immediately to Sandy Hook. It seems that A. Li-en was hiding in the book fair book bins nibbling on books!
Every class shared their reading expertise that helped A. Li-En learn how to open a book, to understand that reading is for learning about people, places, and things and to have fun! Most of all, they shared that books are not to be eaten! At the end, A. Li-En was able to show everyone in the space book that Mars was home.
Many students also experienced the “shape-shifting” ability of A. Li-En to make the visitors look very similar to Mrs. Hochsprung and Dr. Salvatore so making friends would be easier. Who knows when the next visitors will appear at Sandy Hook??
Dr. Anthony Salvatore — Assistant Principal
Sandy Hook School’s 2011 Veterans Day breakfast – an annual tradition – is probably the most well-documented event in the school’s photo album. Firstly, there’s this mention in the November 10th, 2011 edition of “The Sandy Hook Connection” (created on November 9th, 2011):
Wear Red, White and Blue for Veterans Day
Show your support of our veterans by wearing red, white and blue tomorrow, Friday, November 11 in celebration of Veterans Day. If your child is hosting a veteran, please remember to arrive by 8 a.m., and please bring breakfast contributions if you signed up to do so! If you have any questions, please contact Beth Hegarty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
As far as photographic evidence goes, in addition to the seventeen photos available here…
…fifteen more are available on The Newtown Bee’s website, including:
As well as the following tragic photo showing victim Jesse Lewis standing in the school’s lobby with his grandfather (and notice that the display behind them has changed yet again):
In the glass display case behind Jesse and his grandfather is the Highlights 2012 “Puzzles & Games” wall calendar:
Much like the chorus rehearsal and Patricia Polacco photos we looked at a bit earlier, we can use the tools available on The Newtown Bee’s site to view the EXIF information embedded in these photos and confirm that every last one of them was created on November 11th, 2011.
With that in mind, it would certainly be extremely difficult (I’d say impossible) for anyone – even someone as batshit as James Fetzer or Wolfgang Halbig – to make the claim that these are not legitimate photographs taken inside of Sandy Hook Elementary School on November 11th, 2011. So I’m forced to once again wonder if James Fetzer believes that these veterans are fraudulent (although the obituary of Antony Barbagallo, who was photographed in attendance with his grandson, Max, confirms that he is who the paper says he is and that he did in fact serve in World War II), complicit (a bold accusation to level against a room full of vets), or never considered it odd that they were attending a breakfast in their honor at a school that had been sitting empty for four whole years.
And I haven’t even scratched the surface as to what’s available on The Newtown Bee’s website. Between Sandy Hook’s own photo album, The Newtown Bee, and various photos available on social media, there are literally hundreds of photographs taken in and around the school between 2008-2012.
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