Sandy Hook Parents Are Rolling In Defamation Settlement Money
If you ask the worst people on the internet, 20 kids and six adults weren't really murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. The mass shooting was, according to these terrible people, a hoax, and all those grieving parents were just "crisis actors" in an elaborate yet wildly unsuccessful plot to pass gun control laws. For every hardcore conspiracist, plenty more people shared the theory because they were "just asking questions." Unfortunately, none of those questions were "What the fuck is wrong with me?"
It wasn't a great time for the parents of the victims, who were already having just the least-good time a parent can have. Eventually, one father named Lenny Pozner (hey, we know that guy!) decided enough was enough. He formed the HONR Network to scrub the worst of the abuse from social media, which it's been pretty successful at doing, but lately, Pozner and other parents have adopted a more proactive strategy: Lawyer up and sue the ever-loving balls off of their persecutors. We are beyond delighted to report that, in the best ways imaginable, it's working.
Of course, the First Amendment allows Americans express all the terrible opinions they like without getting thrown in prison. What you can't do, however, is trash someone's reputation with false allegations, which is what James Fetzer and Mike Palecek did when they published Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, a book in which they accused Pozner of faking his six-year-old son's death. Pozner hauled the two sentient skidmarks into court and even submitted a DNA test to prove he was his murdered kid's father. Finally, in October 2019, a jury awarded him a cool $450,000 in damages. We'd say that's a satisfying compromise between the principles of free speech and "talk shit, get hit."