The father of the youngest child slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School Lenny Pozner is fighting back against conspiracy theorists who believe the massacre never happened.
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Fights back Against ‘Hoaxers’ with
Lawsuit and Hilarious Trump Pranks
The father of the youngest child slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School Lenny
Pozner is fighting back against conspiracy theorists who believe the massacre never
Leonard Pozner used to be conspiracy theorist himself before his 6-year-old son,
Noah, had his jaw blown off Dec. 14, 2012, by a gunman‟s AR-15 inside his first
In fact, Pozner told New York Magazine, he might even have listened to conspiracy-
monger Alex Jones‟ podcast the morning he dropped off Noah and his two daughters
at school for the last time.
But, after his son died along with 19 other children and six adults, he realized the
harm in speculating without much evidence about real-life events.
“Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Lenny Pozner told the
magazine. “My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be
Pozner first tried proving “truthers” —whom he prefers to call “hoaxers” — wrong by
supplying documents and other evidence to show Noah had existed and was
murdered, but he found too many of them had no interest in engaging with facts.
“There was a segment of the population that wanted to have these things debunked,”
Pozner said. “All they know is what they‟re seeing online, the buzz of all of this
dis-information, and someone needed to provide the service of offering accurate
information should they want it.”
So he called out some of the most prominent hoaxers, including Wolfgang Halbig
and former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy, by name and set up
the Conspiracy Theorists Anonymous to help debunk their conspiracy theories.
But Pozner realized after about a year — as hoaxers launched personal attacks
against him and other group members — that debunking had run its course.
“I realized there was no one left with questions,” he said. “The only people left were
The former IT consultant spends much of his days filing copyright complaints
against hoaxers who use photos of his family, and he founded the HONR Network
last year to help remove conspiracy theory content about the Sandy Hook shootings.
Pozner worries that Halbig and other hoaxers inspire “crazies” to engage in possible
violence against Sandy Hook victims‟ families — who they believe are imposters
involved in a government plot to disarm Americans.
So he has decided to fight back against them through goofy pranks, targeted
complaints and a lawsuit against Halbig for invasion of privacy.
“Suing Halbig is symbolic,” Pozner told New York Magazine. “If I can show that if
you go after a victim, a victim is gonna sue you —that‟s real.”
Even the date of that lawsuit‟s filing, Sept. 11, was symbolic.
“I know how these guys function, and this is just another shock to their nervous
system,” Pozner said.
The HONR Network published an exhaustively thorough ebook last year that treats
Halbig‟s life story as a hoax to be exposed, and got Tracy fired from his tenured
“People don‟t understand what trolls are,” Pozner said. “If you don‟t feed them, they
don‟t just go away.”
Some other Newtown parents, mostly fathers, who did not lose children in the
massacre are supporting Pozner‟s efforts in hilarious ways.
One of those parents sent Halbig, a Donald Trump supporter, an email from the
account [email protected] inviting him to Mar-a-Lago to present his
findings for possible use in the presidential campaign.
Halbig drove three hours from his Florida home to Palm Beach — where he was
turned away from Trump‟s resort by baffled security guards.
Another parent, who goes by the name Vlad the Impaler online, started sending
rubber ducks — a symbol of recovery in Newtown —to the hoaxers‟ homes to show
they “can‟t hide behind a computer.”
The hoaxer conspiracy theorists have been rattled to find their cars covered in rubber
ducks, which some of them fear have been poisoned —although Vlad doesn‟t entirely
dispute that claim.
“I think you could say they were „weaponized,‟” he said, “when we rubbed them on
our ball sacks.”
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