Conspiracy theories abound in this country. The conspiracy theorists that people are probably most familiar with are the 9/11 truthers and the Obama birthers. What I hadn’t been aware of until recently was the existence of a group of people who claim that the massacre that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012 was just a hoax.
I bring up the existence of this group because it was reported recently that a “Sandy Hook Truther” had stolen a peace sign from a playground in Mystic, Connecticut. The vinyl sign, which weighed 50 pounds and featured a peace symbol, was based on a drawing done by seven-year-old Sandy Hook victim Grace McDonnell. The sign was displayed on a playground that had been dedicated to her memory.
What makes this story even worse is that a man who claimed to have stolen the sign called Grace’s home. He told Lynn McDonnell, the dead girl’s mother, that he had taken the sign because he believes that the shooting at Sandy Hook was a hoax. Huffington Post reported that the caller taunted Lynn McDonnell by claiming that her daughter Grace had never existed.
Peace Sign Stolen From Conn. Playground Honoring Sandy Hook Victim Grace McDonnell
According to Tom Boggioni of Raw Story, “Sandy Hook ‘truthers’ believe that the Newtown shooting never occurred or was part of a ‘false flag’ operation designed to open the door to the confiscation of all guns by the government.”
Boggioni said that the Grace McDonnell playground is “one of 26 planned playgrounds being built by the Where Angels Play Foundation in honor of all 26 victims.” He added that the theft of the peace sign “comes two weeks after another playground sign, located in Hartford, was vandalized with someone spray-painting ‘Peace to Sandy Hook,’ a peace sign, and the numeral ’2′ on it.”
There are plans to replace the signs at both playgrounds.
Sandy Hook ‘Truther’ Tells Victim’s Mother Her Daughter Never Existed (Huffington Post)
Sandy Hook truthers claim the Newtown massacre was a hoax (America Blog)