SH: Article by Vivian Lee on the death of academic freedom re: James Tracy trial.

The following article by “Vivian Lee” first appeared on Jim Fetzer’s blog here: https://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-death-of-academic-freedom-prof.html

The Death of Academic Freedom: Prof James Tracy Denied First Amendment Rights by Federal Court – by Vivian Lee

On December 11, 2017, in a serious miscarriage of justice, a jury in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled unanimously in favor of Florida Atlantic University and against former Media Studies Professor James Tracy, who was suing for reinstatement after his firing in 2016. The jury found that Tracy’s “controversial” articles on Memory Hole Blog were not a “motivating factor” in his firing, the only question they were required to consider. Of course, Tracy’s posts at “his conspiracy theory blog” were indeed the reason he was fired, but the jury was convinced otherwise by FAU’s legal team with assistance from the judge. The case centered around Tracy’s writings on the anomalies found in the reporting on the Sandy Hook “massacre” of December 14, 2012. His skepticism about the event was not to the liking of the university.

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 James Tracy with his attorney Louis Leo IV arriving at federal court. Image: Palm Beach Post.

FAU maintained that Tracy was not fired from his tenured position because of his blog posts, but because he did not follow the “rules” set out by “his bosses” at the government-run institution. FAU attorney G. Joseph Curley insisted that Tracy was not denied his First Amendment rights, but that he simply did not follow university procedure. “Professor Tracy doesn’t follow the rules,” Curley told the jury. “They’re rules that everyone else follows. He doesn’t play by the rules.” FAU cast the case as one of a “belligerent,” rebellious,” and “nonconformist” employee being let go for “insubordination,” instead of that of a tenured professor exercising his right to free speech.[1]

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 FAU attorney G. Joseph Curley: “I could not be happier for FAU.” Image: Palm Beach Post.

FAU’s current “rules” require that faculty submit forms listing “outside activities” to be vetted for administrative approval, whether the activities are compensated or not. Tracy and other professors at FAU had argued that the policy is vague and confusing, constituting a form of prior restraint forbidden by the First Amendment, and leading to a climate of “fear and uncertainty” among the faculty. Aside from the fact that “outside activities” can reach into all aspects of a professor’s life and therefore be difficult if not impossible to list, such activities must not be subject to bureaucratic approval. And certainly, no tenured professor can be fired for not filling out a form, even at Florida Atlantic University.[2]

Tenure and academic freedom

The reason for tenure at academic institutions is precisely to allow professors to research, write, and speak out without fear of reprisal. The road to tenure is long and difficult, embarked upon with the goal of attaining the “academic freedom” that tenured professors enjoy.[3] According to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), as outlined in their 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their other academic duties.” Regarding “outside activities,” the statement includes the following:

College and university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline…they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not speaking for their institution.

The statement was amended in 1970 to stipulate:

The controlling principle is that a faculty member’s expression of opinion as a citizen cannot constitute grounds for dismissal unless it clearly demonstrates the faculty member’s unfitness for his or her position. Extramural utterances rarely bear upon the faculty member’s fitness for the position.

This is further reinforced by the AAUP in its executive summary of 2011, “Ensuring Academic Freedom in Politically Controversial Academic Personnel Decisions.” The AAUP sees a current “political threat” to academic freedom from outside forces, including interest groups, politicians, and members of the media, which can put pressure on the university. All personnel decisions should rest on “academic fitness” and no institution should discipline academic speech “unless that speech implicates professional fitness.” James Tracy was clearly not unfit for his position, having received evaluations indicating that his reaching, scholarship, service to the institution, and job performance were considered to be “excellent.” Curley fought to keep these evaluations from the jury; only when he had left the courtroom one afternoon was Tracy’s team able to get them included in the record.  

 FAU conspiracy with the judicial system?

Tracy filed suit in April 2016, alleging a conspiracy between FAU and the faculty union, which had advised him not to fill out the outside activities forms, discouraged him from initiating a grievance or lawsuit, and even attempted to coerce him into resigning from his position. FAU delayed proceedings by the filing of repeated motions alleging that the suit was “frivolous,” that there was no conspiracy, and that Tracy’s termination was merely due to his failure to disclose his outside activities in a timely fashion. In February 2017, federal judge Robin Rosenberg ruled that Tracy’s lawsuit could proceed to discovery, with defendants including FAU, the Board of Trustees, President, Dean, Associate Provost, the Florida Education Association, the faculty union (United Faculty of Florida) and the union’s Chapter President and Service Unit Director.[4]

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US District Judge Robin Rosenberg of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Image: Palm Beach Post.

This allowed Tracy’s legal team to obtain thousands of internal emails from FAU, which supported his contention that members of the administration had conspired to discipline and finally fire him. The case proceeded on the basis of the Second Amended Complaint, which included six individual counts as follows:

Count I – Retaliation in Violation of Right to Free Speech, against Defendant FAU and Defendants President John Kelly, Associate Provost Diane Alperin, and College of Arts and Letters Dean Heather Coltman.
Count II – Conspiracy to Interfere with Plaintiff’s Civil Rights, against Defendants Alperin, Coltman, Kelly, UFF President Robert Zoeller, Jr., UFF Service Unit Director Michael Moats, UFF, Florida Education Association, and FAU.
Count III – Facial Challenge to FAU’s Conflict of Interest Policy, against Defendant FAU.
Count IV – As-Applied Challenge to Plaintiff’s Right to Free Speech, against Defendant FAU.
Count V – Declaratory Judgment and Injunction, against Defendant FAU.
Count VI – State Law Breach of Contract, against Defendant FAU.

Although the Second Amended Complaint shows clear evidence supporting every count, Judge Rosenberg eliminated all but the first count in her order on pending motions for summary judgment of October 31, 2017.[5] This reduced the case to a matter of why Tracy was fired—whether because of his blog posts or for not submitting his outside activities forms—and the decision was left up to a jury. This arguably suggests that the judge was aiding Defendant FAU in reducing the complaint to one of simple intent without reference to the complexities of the case and the large amount of evidence against the university. All this evidence was disregarded by the jury and ignored by the press.

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Incriminating memo by defendant Dean Heather Coltman of January 2013, part of the evidence discounted by the federal jury.

This had the effect of putting Tracy on trial (although he was the plaintiff and not the defendant), judged not by his actual peers but by a jury composed of members of the public who did not understand the full implications of the case—because much of the evidence was suppressed. Neither did they understand the implications of tenure, as they were not academics themselves. This upended the complaint and trashed many months of hard work by Tracy and his lawyers—work detailed in the 90 legal documents posted at the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund website.  

FAU conspiracy with the press?

Much has been written about the massive bad press that James Tracy has received, beginning in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook event. This was instigated by the Florida Sun Sentinel and then taken up by the national mainstream and alternative media. The Sun Sentinel published a letter of December 10, 2015, written by Lenny and Veronique Pozner, publicized as the only Jewish family to have lost a child in the alleged Sandy Hook shooting. The letter, “Sandy Hook Massacre 3rd Anniversary: Two Parents Target FAU Conspiracy Theorist,” was reprinted in the Forward on December 14. The letter accused Tracy of “torturing” the victims’ families, and called for his firing:

A plethora of conspiracies arose after Sandy Hook, but none received as much mainstream publicity as Tracy, who suggested that the shooting never occurred and the Obama administration had staged the “event” to prepare the country for strict gun control measures.
More than 800 news agencies covered the story of his denial. As a result, this professor achieved fame among the morbid and deranged precisely because his theories were attached to his academic credentials and his affiliation with FAU. Tracy has enjoyed tremendous success from this exposure and has since leveraged it into a popular Internet blog and radio program. Worse yet, it has elevated his status and fame among the degenerates that revel in the pleasure of sadistically torturing victims’ families.

The Pozners’ accusations were false, as has been shown, but nonetheless they were picked up by other media outlets and used to bash Tracy in the US press. Strangely, the letter contains information that only an insider would likely have known. And it was this letter that brought on Tracy’s dismissal on January 5, 2016, although FAU insists that there was no connection. “The timing of it is completely coincidental,” said FAU attorney Curley. “The optics of course look like the school is retaliating, when they’re not.” The trial was covered by the local Florida press and kept out of the national media, with the exception of brief, disparaging reports in the Washington Post and New York Daily News. The titles of the articles indicate their biased nature:

-“Trial To Begin for Fired FAU Professor, Conspiracy Theorist James Tracy,” Sun Sentinel, November 27, 2017
-“Ex FAU Professor, Conspiracy Theorist James Tracy, Testifies about Firing in Free Speech Case,” Sun Sentinel, November 30, 2017
-“FAU Professor James Tracy Claims School Fired Him for Sandy Hook Rants,” Palm Beach Post, November 30, 2017
-“Ex-FAU Prof on Trial Tries To Downplay Attack on Sandy Hook Parents,” Palm Beach Post, December 1, 2017
-“FAU Prof Wasn’t Fired Because of Sandy Hook Blog, FAU Official Testifies,” Sun Sentinel, December 4, 2017
-“Christie: Tracy-vs-FAU More about Arrogance Than Free Speech, Insubordination,” PalmBeachPost.com, December 5, 2017
-“FAU Prof James Tracy’s Firing ‘Wasn’t a Surprise’ to Him, University Officials Say,” Sun Sentinel, December 5, 2017
-“What It Was Like in the Class of FAU’s Conspiracy-Spinning Professor,” Palm Beach Post, December 8, 2017
-“Claims against FAU by Sandy Hook Denier Headed To Federal Jury Monday,” Palm Beach Post, December 8, 2017
and
-“Jury Rules against Fired FAU Prof James Tracy in Free Speech Case,” Sun Sentinel, December 11, 2017

 

This last article pushes the idea that Tracy was an ordinary employee who “repeatedly refused to obey reasonable requests from his bosses.” It quotes Curley as saying that FAU officials were glad they got to “set the record straight. According to the article:

FAU said it was about an employee who didn’t want to listen to his bosses, his peers or his union officials…Tracy used his position as an FAU professor for “self-promotion” and to bolster his blog’s reputation, Curley said. FAU officials testified Tracy lied to them about using university resources to write his blog…Curley listed several examples of Tracy’s failure to follow the rules and comply with reasonable requests from his employers. The school wasn’t his priority.

 

“The school was a platform for him—that’s not what it’s supposed to be about,” Curley said. A video in the article features an interview with Curley; watch it and judge for yourself whether this is an honest man.

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Louis Leo warns off local reporters as the team departs the court house. Image NBC.

G. J. “Joe” Curley is a Florida “super lawyer” and shareholder with Gunster, “Florida’s law firm for business.” According to Gunster’s website, “Joe most often represents business clients with complicated employment and commercial matters in court”; his experience includes “the achievement of zero verdicts for institutional defendants, injunctions involving hundreds of millions in issue, as well as multi-million dollar verdicts in a variety of business related disputes.” On December 11, immediately following the verdict in the trial, attorney G. Joseph Curley became Judge Curley—appointed to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court by Florida Governor Rick Scott. “Curley’s appointment came just hours after he won a high-profile case involving a professor from Florida Atlantic University.” The “timing” of this was surely “completely coincidental” as Curley might say. [6] Governor Rick Scott will be familiar as the official who dominated the media after the Pulse nightclub event in Orlando.  

The fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook incident

Yet one more “coincidence” had the trial scheduled to run right up to the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook “shooting” on December 14, 2017. As expected, the mainstream press featured the “massacre” once again in major venues including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Daily News. Yet it has long been known that the official story is far from the truth. Much of the evidence can be found online in articles, lectures, and films (although Memory Hole Blog and many important youtube channels have been taken down) as well as in the book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, second edition, available from Moon Rock Books. The book was censored by amazon.com and wiped from the site without a trace, but the first edition can be downloaded for free at several sites. New details continue to appear, making it ever more certain that this was a staged event. If you don’t believe me, you are not alone—although at least one-fourth of the US public reportedly now thinks they’ve been played.

A poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in October 2016 found that 24% of Americans interviewed believed that it was at least possible that the Sandy Hook “shooting” was “faked in order to increase support for gun control.” It is likely that even more people now hold this opinion. Those who orchestrated the event are desperate to keep the facts from emerging, by banning books, pulling videos off the internet—and firing Professor James Tracy for daring to investigate. Tracy’s legal team is considering an appeal based on Rosenberg’s order on motions for summary judgment, which limited the proceedings to one count only. Tracy has been without a job and an income since he was fired, his scholarly reputation has been ruined, and he remains a subject of ridicule in the press. Not only has he suffered cruelly and unjustly, but academic freedom is now in real danger. In a statement by Tracy to the Washington Post:

In my view the Tracy v. FAU decision will embolden university administrators across the US to scrutinize the personal affairs of faculty members with whom they disagree, and they’ll be more inclined to discipline or terminate vulnerable faculty knowing a set of legal precedents are being established in this vein.

One positive outcome of the trial is the classification by Rosenberg of Tracy’s blog posts as private speech on matters of public concern, such as mass shootings, government conspiracies, and the like. With this, she threw out FAU’s repeated assertions that Tracy was conducting academic research on Memory Hole Blog pertinent to his employment. This may help with an appeal. But an appeal will require more resources. If you can support this cause, visit the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund website and click on “Give.”  

Vivian Lee is the nom de plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university. 

Notes

[1] FAU Defendants’ Answer and Affirmative Defenses to Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, page 74, section 5. https://tracylegaldefense.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/fau-answer.pdf;

[2] Collective Bargaining Agreement, 2012-2015, Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees and the United Faculty of Florida, Articles 15.1 and 16.1. http://www.fau.edu/provost/faculty/files/CBA-2012-2015-Oct2015.pdf

[3] Vivian Lee, “American Academic Freedom in Jeopardy: Professor James Tracy vs. Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Global Research, May 7, 2016. https://www.globalresearch.ca/american-academic-freedom-in-jeopardy/5523940;

[4] Vivian Lee, “Academic Freedom Lawsuit to Proceed: Judge Affirms First Amendment Rights.” Global Research, March 8, 2017. https://www.globalresearch.ca/academic-freedom-lawsuit-to-proceed-judge-affirms-first-amendment-rights/5578399;

[5] Omnibus Order on All Pending Motions for Summary Judgment. https://tracylegaldefense.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/summary-judgment-order-11-1-17-1.pdf;

[6] The governor of Florida also appoints 14 of the 17 members of the Board of Governors of the state university system of Florida. The governor appoints six of the 13 members of each state university’s Board of Trustees, and members of the Board of Governors appoint five of the 13. The governor thus controls appointments to the Board of Trustees of FAU.

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SH: Catch-up

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I haven’t been able to keep up with Sandy Hook-related news on this blog. Apologies.

Just for the record, two important developments have come and gone in the past month.

First: In late November, the father of Noah Pozner (Lenny Pozner aka many other names) dropped his civil lawsuit against Wolfgang Halbig. This is good but old news. Click here for the story.

Second: In the jury trial between James Tracy and Florida Atlantic University (FAU) just a few days ago, the jury ruled against Mr. Tracy. Click here for the bad news.

Oddly, or perhaps not, just hours after the verdict in that case, the attorney for FAU, Gerard Joseph Curley Jr., became one of two judges appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott. Click here for that.

Five years out and the Sandy Hook event of 12-14-12 is still commanding media attention, emotion and, of course, dollars. The MSM has made sure of it.

But I’m still betting on the power of private reflection. On children getting older, growing up, moving away and having time to think about the past. Ultimately, talking.

Patience.

~C.

 

Recusals and bamboozles: A timeline.

Investigator Doug Hagmann of The Hagmann Report does a great job clarifying the timeline of the fake Russian dossier/FISA/General Flynn trial imbroglio.

If the twists and turns of this intelligence war outmaneuver your attention span, go here.

Then click on: “Explosive Development Exposing the Conspiracy by the Obama Intelligence Community.”

 

SH: James Fetzer’s analysis as the James Tracy trial approaches.

The following post was written by Dr. James Fetzer, who gave me permission to paste it in below for public view. I am posting it because I believe his research and opinions should be reviewed by all who are serious about determining what really happened at Sandy Hook on 12-14-12.

https://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com/2017/12/sandy-hook-james-tracy-trial-is-going.html

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sandy Hook: The James Tracy Trial is going to the Jury: Here’s what you need to know

Jim Fetzer

According to FAU, “FAU prof wasn’t fired because of Sandy Hook blog”, Sun Sentinel (4 December 2017), James Tracy was fired as a tenured associate professor because he did not submit forms about his outside activities. But the University was under pressure from the local community and donors to remove him because they objected to the content of his blog. After 35 years as a faculty member in institutions of higher learning, I have never heard of such an absurdity. If he failed to submit forms, he might have deserved a reprimand, but not removal from his position. I and others are convinced that FAU has committed a major violation of his freedom of research and of his freedom of speech.

The police woman even rearranged the kids to get a better shot.
The Sun Sentinel, Forward and other news and opinion venues have been active in attacking James Tracy for his efforts to expose the Sandy Hook scam, especially via thinly-veiled assaults by Lenny Pozner, who claims to be the parent of Noah, one of the alleged victims at Sandy Hook. But the alleged parents have become richly rewarded for the loss of fictitious children, who were made up out of photos of other kids when they were older–which means that the Sun Sentinel, Forward et al., like the rest of us, have been played for saps to promote a political agenda.
Noah was a fiction created out of photos of Michael Vabner

This sounds outrageous until you actually look at the evidence, where I have produced several videos that lay out the proof. For an introduction, see “The Real Deal must see Sandy Hook Update” and especially “SANDY HOOK starring Wayne Carver as The Medical Examiner”. No EMTs were allowed into the building. No string of ambulances took their little bodies to hospitals where doctors could pronounce them dead or alive. They were identified using photographs, because they only existed as photographs, which we have now been able to prove in the case of Noah Pozner, whose fake father, Lenny, has been featured in the Sun Sentinel, Forward and other publications he has played.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff1dDE50Vfg

Check out, for example, “The Sandy Hook Scam: Why the mothers’ ages matter”, The Millennium Report, or “Sandy Hook Charade: ‘Noah Pozner’ WAS Michael Vabner as a Child”, jamesfetzer.blogspot.com, where we prove that Noah–who was a most unusual little boy, having died in Newtown on 14 December 2012 and again in Pakistan on 16 December 2014, was made up of photos of his older step-brother, Michael Vabner, when he was six-years old. It’s not that difficult, when you think about it. That’s how they did it and explains why there was no genuine grief from the “parents” at interviews and press conferences. It was a two-day FEMA exercise that went LIVE to promote gun control.

From the FEMA manual for the Sandy Hook drill 13-14 December 2012

If you want to read the manual for yourself, download the book I edited, NOBODY DIED AT SANDY HOOK (2015), which amazon.com banned after it had been up for less than a month and sold nearly 500 copies. I could see it was a political move to suppress research that exposed the hoax by proving the school had been closed since 2008, that there were no students there, and that it had been done to promote gun control. We have 50 photos of an empty house being furnished to serve as the Lanza home–including of the Nancy Lanza bedroom, where in their haste they left behind a blue movie pad beneath the leg of the bed–and 50 more of them refurbishing the school to serves as the stage.

The SWAT team was there the night before the crime had been committed

It includes a classic photo of the SWAT team already present the night before, which you can tell because the windows of Classroom 10 are not yet shot out. We have photos of the windows before and after and of perps drilling holes in the window frames to simulate gunshot trajectories. We have another with pink rods extending from the holes, which are all exactly 90* to the window panes and exactly parallel with each other. As a former Marine Corps officer, who one served as a Series Commander with 15 DIs and 300 recruits under my command through basic training, including rifle and marksmanship, I can assure you this is a fantasy with no resemblance to actual shooting by a real shooter.

The perps were photographed drilling holes to simulate bullet trajectories

As an illustration of how James Tracy was using his blog to expose the sham, he published one about two Sandy Hook parents, Francine and David Wheeler. She turns out to have been personal assistant to Maureen White, leading fundraiser for the Democratic Party. He and she are both B-grade actors, where she was even the voice of a character in an animated porn movie. He played two roles at Sandy Hook, both a grieving parent and a SWAT team member, where he walked up and down Dickinson Drive carrying a weapon upside down by the magazine. Even the the lowest private in the Marine Corps would not commit such a blunder. But Barack Obama flew them to Washington, D.C., and put them on national television to promote gun control.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Ul_KZ8l94

I republished the blog on my own, where you can read it at “James Tracy: Francine Wheeler was Personal Assistant to DNC National Finance Chair”. Exposing corruption in high places ought to be the duty of every faculty member at every institution of higher learning, but instead–as the case of James Tracy so brutally illustrates–they are pilloried and attacked and may even lose their jobs after having secured tenure, which is supposed to create a buffer to enable faculty to take on complex and controversial cases without feat of being sacked. That’s not how it has played out here–where the Sun Sentinel, Forward and other venues haves contributed to distorting his efforts to protect the public from an elaborate scam.

According to the FBI, there were no murders in Newtown during 2012

Between $27-130,000,000 has been contributed by sympathetic but gullible Americans, which has been split by the 26 families, which have received more than $1,000,000 apiece for participating in a staged act of terrorism, intended to instill fear into the heart of every parent in American to promote gun control. Lenny, no doubt, has been fighting so hard because he fears that, if the hoax is exposed, he may have to give back his $1,000,000 and might even be prosecuted for fraud and theft by deception. So while the evil prosper, the one man with the courage and conviction to stand up and expose the fraud has been fired from his position and deprived of his livelihood. These are the facts of the matter, but you are not going to read them in the mainstream media or from any local sources. We live in an era where the truth is labeled “fake news” and the few with the courage to speak it are punished severely.

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota and co-editor of moonrockbooks.com.

SH: Parking lots that are still talking.

As a writer who sometimes tires of words, I enjoy looking at satellite photos. They tell a story plain and simple like a Grandma Moses painting, with an unadorned, omniscient view of roads, highways, farmland furrows, trees, buildings and parking lots.

Recently, Wolfgang Halbig has been sharing satellite photographs taken over several years of the same view: the acreage encompassing three of Monroe, Connecticut’s public schools: Jockey Hollow Middle School (JHMS);  Fawn Hollow Elementary School (FHES); and the former Chalk Hill Middle School (CHMS).

Let me refresh your memory on the latter.

The perfect replica. In January 2013, Chalk Hill Middle was the school that loaned its classrooms and halls for Newtown’s use as a Sandy Hook Elementary replica , where traumatized Sandy Hook students could continue classes that were interrupted by the event of 12-14-12. “Down to the crayons on the desks,” according to MSM reports, Chalk Hill was modeled into a Sandy Hook Elementary clone. All of this business was portrayed by MSM as an act of community largess.

 

It seemed bizarre at the time and still does. How could a replica be created on such a short notice? Wouldn’t there have to be numerous code and  safety inspections, a certificate of occupancy, permissions, such things? Work of this nature takes time to process through the bureaucratic machine. Especially considering the poor state Chalk Hill was in at the time.

 

The little school that couldn’t. In 2010, Chalk Hill Middle was facing some major repair bills, due to broken-down water pipes to its boilers. Roughly half the school was already closed.

By June 2011, the school was no longer open and was off the hands of the Monroe Board of Education and under the control of the town of Monroe, formally turned over to the town on July 1, 2011. Despite an expensive 2010 study by a local architectural firm (Silver, Petrucelli & Associates of Hamden, CT) that recommended either mothballing the school or demolishing it, the town dithered.

Demolition would have raised the specter of hazardous waste, since Chalk Hill Middle was stuffed with asbestos and other toxins, similar to the old Sandy Hook Elementary.  And then a mysterious corner was turned. Chalk Hill was declared “structurally sound” in  2012 and the town of Monroe was actually considering turning it into a community center.

A paper trail. It never happened, but 12-14-12 did, and quite suddenly Chalk Hill was in business again as a school, irrespective of  bad water pipes and asbestos. Then a strange paper trail emerged, suggesting that Chalk Hill was being used to house Sandy Hook students well before the fateful 2012 event.

In March of 2016, Cinderella posted this article on that subject. Some of you might remember it. It’s complicated, and I won’t go into it here. (Do read it, however, if you haven’t already, for a story that supplements this one.)

Wolfgang Halbig was still asking questions about the chummy arrangement between Sandy Hook and Monroe, but no one was talking or answering his persistent FOIA requests for public documents.

Then, after four years of requests, he received satellite photos of Chalk Hill Middle and adjacent school properties, taken over a series of years – 2010 (when the Chalk Hill school was being phased out of use) through 2017 (after the new Sandy Hook Elementary opened and Chalk Hill was no longer needed as a replica school).

If parking lots could talk. The Google Earth satellite photos say a lot about the activity going on in Chalk Hill Middle over the years. Or the lack of activity. And they do so through the parking lots. Take a look. The notes that appear in yellow and orange are Wolfgang Halbig’s, not mine.

#1:  The August 31, 2010 shot below concurs with what we already know: roughly half the Chalk Hill Middle school (CHMS) was closed, so the parking lot is sparsely populated.

{Imagery 2010 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2010 Google }

#2: This March 29, 2012 shot doesn’t correspond with what we already know. By 2011 the school had been CLOSED, and the town was still talking about possibilities for its future use. Below we see that Chalk Hill’s parking lot is full of cars, as if classes were in full swing. Who was there? What were they doing? Remember, this is well before 12-14-12.

{Imagery 2012 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2012 Google }

#3: The shot below, taken on September 19, 2013, reflects what we know about Chalk Hill Middle (CHMS) by this time: It was standing in for the old Sandy Hook Elementary as a “replica” school. As you can see, the parking lot is densely populated.

{Imagery 2013 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2013 Google }

#4: The April 16, 2016 shot below likewise shows an active parking lot at CHMS, as we would expect. Sandy Hook children were still reportedly there, waiting for their new school to open in September 2016.

{Imagery 2016 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2016 Google }

#5: Below is a photo from this year, taken September 23rd. Note that there is little to no activity in the CHMS parking lot, which makes sense, since by then, Sandy Hook students were no longer being educated there.

{Imagery 2017 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2017 Google }

A lot to talk about. Obviously photo #2 is the outlier, telling a story that conflicts with the one MSM told us. It suggests that Chalk Hill Middle school was reopened long before January 2013, when it was reported to have been turned into a Sandy Hook Elementary clone virtually overnight.

For what purpose should it have been opened sooner?

Reach your own conclusions, bearing in mind what Wolfgang Halbig is saying in the quote below:

“I have over 75 Satellite photos that are shot in sequence showing the Chalk Hill Middle School completely  empty. Then you can see starting on 3/29/2012 the Chalk Hill Middle school with over 80 to 100 cars on a daily basis showing up for work. Satellite images show that even before the Dec 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that this school is fully operational on a daily basis.”

~C