Conspiracy theorists have given the family of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting no choice but to move homes — seven times. They now live hundreds of miles from where their son is buried, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Noah Pozner was the youngest student shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. His father Lenny thought that moving far away from the site of his son’s death could help his family begin the healing process. Soon after Noah’s murder, Pozner, his now ex-wife, Veronique De La Rosa, and their daughters, Arielle and Sophia, left Newtown, Connecticut, with hopes of finding a fresh start in Boca Raton, Florida.
Almost immediately after Noah’s death, the Pozners began to receive threatening social media posts and a voicemail death threat from conspiracy theorists who claimed that the family were “crisis actors” taking part in a massive government conspiracy to take away America’s guns. The couple was specifically targeted because of their activism in favor of gun control.
Each time that the Pozners moved, their whereabouts were published online. The family found that it didn’t matter where they lived — they could be targeted by conspiracy theorists anywhere they went.
“I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that, but we made the right decision,” De La Rosa told the Times.
The Pozners are among six families of victims of the massacre who filed a lawsuit in April against talk show host Alex Jones, one of the conspiracy theorists who repeatedly claims the mass shooting was staged.
Jones had his Facebook account suspended for 30 days over alleged hate speech and bullying, after the Pozners penned an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg urging him to find solutions to the abuse they, and other victims’ parents, have been subjected to on the social media platform.
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