Sandy Hook Truther Sues University That Fired Him

James Tracy says his constitutional rights were violated
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2016 11:21 AM CDT
Sandy Hook Truther Sues University That Fired Him
In this Dec. 14, 2013 file photo, a makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist who was fired from his professorship at Florida Atlantic University in January is suing the university. For years, James Tracy has been claiming on his personal blog that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax staged to increase support for gun control, and he clashed in particular with the parents (or as he called them, "alleged parents") of one of the young victims. FAU technically fired him for not officially reporting his outside activities, including his blog, to the university. He filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination and violation of free speech rights Monday, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Tracy, whose lawsuit names the university, the members of its its Board of Trustees, members of the faculty union, and the president and other administrators, was tenured and taught a course called "Culture of Conspiracy" for years. His lawsuit claims that the university's requirement that his activities outside of work be reported is "unconstitutionally overbroad and vague" and violates his first amendment rights. It also alleges that the president of the faculty union conspired with the university in ousting Tracy, and that union reps implied he should resign before he got the boot. He is suing for lost wages and reinstatement to his position, WPTV reports. (More Florida Atlantic University stories.)

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