A group of people who believe the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings either never happened or didn’t happen the way the public was made to believe are targeting a man who says he took a group of children and a bus driver into his home for safety, saying he’s lying.
Gene Rosen said he was startled to see a small group of children and one adult in his driveway that morning, and when he went outside to see what was going on, the kids told him they couldn’t go back into their school because their teacher was dead. The teacher, Victoria Soto, had been shot in her classroom by Adam Lanza just moments earlier; the kids had escaped.
Rosen says he allowed the group into his home and gave them juice, trying to comfort them during the most horrific morning of their young lives. But now he’s being targeted by a group of people who call themselves “truthers” and says he’s in fear for the safety of his family now that his home address and phone number have been compromised.
“I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor,” Rosen said. “The quantity of the material is overwhelming.”
Since the day of the shootings in December, many people have been confused as to what to believe actually took place due to the extremely confusing, scattered information the media released. Because there were so many conflicting stories in the early hours of that day, some believe the entire thing is a conspiracy. Others say that we shouldn’t believe everything we’re told, including a Florida professor who wrote a lengthy blog post on the issue.
“While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place — at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation’s news media have described,” he said.
As for Rosen, he says he was just doing what he thought was the right thing.
“My grandson and my granddaughter have taught me how to be with children,” Rosen said. “I went upstairs to my grandson’s toy box and I brought down all these stuffed animals and I gave one to each of the children. It was my grandchildren who taught me how to be with these children. I am so thankful for that.”