In order for James Fetzer’s totally absurd theory that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed in 2008 and used for a mock shooting in 2012 to work, you’d have to accept his claim that the school – previously used as “storage” in his alternate reality – was staged for the sake of highly redacted crime scene photos. Not surprisingly, Fetzer never stops to contemplate how elaborate the alleged staging would have had to have been. The photos contain so many small details and clues as to the state of the school that even those who have looked over them numerous times have probably missed them. If they were on Fetzer’s radar, he omitted them from his book for the likely reason that they didn’t bode well for his fairy tale.
In my first look at some of those overlooked details, I’m going to start with the school’s lobby (with a quick stop in the school’s kitchen), where Adam Lanza bypassed the school’s strikeplate security system by shooting his way into the school.
The Magazine Rack:
The school’s lobby had a small waiting area and much like every other waiting area on the planet, it contained a number of magazines for people to flip through in order to pass the time. With the sole exception of one magazine from November, 2011, the magazines in Sandy Hook’s waiting room were all from 2012 with the most recent one being published no more than a couple of weeks before the shooting. These magazines are really barely visible in the crime scene photos, so James Fetzer and his crew of dimwitted sycophants expect their readers to believe authorities did such a shitty job of staging the school that they forgot to make holes in the windows of classroom 10 as well as shatter the window at the entrance of the school (which of course is not true), yet they spent time filling the magazine rack in the lobby with the most recent issues of Scholastic’s “Parent & Child”. A rack most people aren’t going to spend any attention to whatsoever. These are the incredible leaps in logic that make up the bulk of this awful book.
Here are the two pictures of the magazine rack that I used as reference combined with pictures of the relevant magazine covers, as they would appear in the rack:
I couldn’t make out what was under the issue of “Family Fun” from December, 2012 on the left side of the rack, but just below that mystery magazine is the same issue of “Parent & Child” that you’ll see fourth from the top on the right side (which is the November, 2011 issue).
The magazines on the right, from top to bottom, are as follows (click on any magazine to view the full cover with the date fully visible):
“Parent & Child” November, 2012
“Parent & Child” August/September, 2012
“Parent & Child” March, 2012
“Parent & Child” November, 2011
“Parent & Child” June/July, 2012
“Parent & Child” December, 2012
“Parent & Child” August/September, 2012
And on the table in that same waiting area was yet another magazine from December, 2012:
The covers look a little different, but that’s because the company that produces these free magazines (“Connecticut Parent Magazine” and “Fairfield County Parent Magazine”) will switch them up a bit for each region. In this particular case, they used a different photo of the same girl (you can make out the same hat and coat in both), but they reused the same orange “Season’s Greetings” and blue “Winter Family Fun” fonts. This is something that they do every month, as confirmed by their online archive.
Sadly, I was unable to make out the other magazine on the table, but you can see that the woman on the cover is wearing a scarf, so it’s safe to assume that it was from November or December.
The Lunch Board:
There’s a whiteboard in the lobby area, resting on the wall in between the kitchen and cafetorium. The board lists the day’s date – Friday, December 14th, 2012 – as well as the staff and student lunch options. The staff lunch for the day includes “veggie pizza” while the main entree for students is “homemade cheese pizza” with “mixed vegetables”:
While the crime scene photos do not reveal the kitchen, “Indoor Scene Processing” video 4 does, and it shows that these pizzas were being prepared by the kitchen staff at the time of the shooting:
“Choice B” on the student menu is “Bagel Fun Lunch”, and those bagels can be seen in “Indoor Scene Processing” video 5:
In photographs taken between May, 2011, and December 14th, 2012, we can see the contents of glass display case in the lobby change multiple times, clearing indicating an open and active school:
Just behind this board welcoming author Barbara McClintock to the school, what looks like children’s watercolor paintings (sorry, I’m not much of an artist!) line the display built into the lobby wall. As we’ll see, these displays often featured artwork created by the school’s students.
Taken at Sandy Hook’s 2011 Veterans Day breakfast, this photograph shows victim Jesse Lewis and his grandfather standing in front of the lobby’s built-in display, which features games, books, and other items available in the school’s holiday shop. One of the items shown is the Highlights “Puzzles & Games” 2012 wall calendar, which certainly would not be available in 2008:
While it’s a difficult to make out, I believe the white sign in the middle reads “Getting In Shape”; a play on the art’s geometric nature.
Behind Shelly the turtle’s original home are pieces of origami made by the school’s students as well as pictures of them creating it.
“Celebration of World Arts”
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
Part Sixteen: School Documents From 2008-2012