Was The Sandy Hook School Massacre A Horrific Hoax?

First Published: October 26, 2016 Last updated: July 28th, 2018 Written by Oliver Grant Estimated Reading Time: 10 minutes 2 comments

Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza shoots his mother dead in their Newtown, Connecticut home… drives 5 miles to Sandy Hook Elementary School wearing bulletproof vest and military garb, armed with an assault rifle, two handguns and clips of ammo… shoots his way into the foyer… slaughters twenty children aged 6 to 7 and six members of staff, injuring two… and when first responders arrive, fires a last fatal shot through his own head.

At least that’s the narrative, in a nutshell, that stunned America and the world when it flooded the news media on the morning of December 14th, 2012. It ranked as the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

Sandy Hook School Sign.

However, in the near 4 years since, a group of diligent independent researchers, some with PhDs, have amassed a body of evidence that points to the whole incident having been an elaborate staged event in which nobody died — as far-fetched as that would seem. In other words, the Sandy Hook school massacre was nothing more than a hoax; a variety of false flag event.

But a hoax by whom and for what possible, deranged purpose? Research suggests it was perpetrated by the government’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cahoots with Newtown authorities and residents for the purpose of provoking a public outcry against assault weapons, thus softening resistance to the government banning them, which is part of its gun control agenda. An agenda which some believe, in the long term, aims to disarm the American people altogether. Here, we’re going to take a look at a few of the key pieces of evidence in support of the hoax hypothesis, some of which are pretty compelling:

No Proof of Evacuation

It’s been estimated that on that fateful day, excluding the victims, there were 469 students (and 70 staff) in the school, all of whom, it’s claimed, were evacuated to safety. But despite the extensive live news coverage transmitted from the ground and from helicopters above, no images have emerged of all those children actually being evacuated. Except for this one ‘iconic’ photograph which found its way into news media around the globe:

Students being evacuated on 14th December, 2012 (allegedly) - shot 1

Students being evacuated on 14th December, 2012 (allegedly) – shot 1


The photo was taken by Associate Editor of the local Newtown Bee newspaper, Shannon Hicks, for which she was named Photographer of the Year. She gave her account of how she came to take it to National Public Radio (NPR).

She claims to have taken it around 10am on that day, 14th December, 2012, after tagging along with a group of first-responders. However, it’s since emerged that that was one of two photographs she took of the scene. And it’s this second one that’s led researchers to call into question the veracity of Hicks’s story:

Students being evacuated on 14th December, 2012 (allegedly) - shot 2

Students being evacuated on 14th December, 2012 (allegedly) – shot 2


At first glance, you might think the photos show two entirely different groups of children being led away. Not so. Prominent researcher Dr. Eowyn has spotted that there are two boys appearing in both lines but in different positions, and has created this composite with annotations to prove the point:

Proof of two different lines of evacuees, except for 2 boys.

Proof of two different lines of evacuees, except for 2 boys.

But couldn’t the boys have shifted position? Well, this is supposed to be a hurried emergency evacuation from a potentially life-threatening situation; why would they do that? Anyway, none of the other children appear in both pictures (that we can see); it’s therefore reasonable to conclude that it’s two separate lines of evacuees.

All of which leads to one, obvious conclusion: the photos don’t capture a real-time evacuation. Rather, a stage-managed one. But why and when? In all probability as part of an evacuation drill on another occasion, thought by some researchers to be in the previous October or November.

No Proof of Deaths

In all the 4 years since the massacre, and despite all the efforts of the independent research community, no direct proof of the death of any of the 26 Sandy Hook victims, or the shooter, Adam Lanza, or his mother, Nancy, has come to light. No still or video images and no documents.

One might expect at the very least to find their official death certificates, but — surprise, surprise — the local Newtown government claimed that they’d passed a bill to withhold them from the public. Likewise, the coroner’s autopsy reports were denied release; they’d normally be made available for scrutiny. Either of these types of documents would have gone a long way to proving the deaths.

Dead Singers at the Superbowl — or Dead Ringers?

One of the most bizarre aspects of the whole affair — absolute proof of a hoax if it’s ever verified — is that 10 of the first-grade Sandy Hook victims have been spotted alive and well… and, would you believe, singing at the 2013 Superbowl.

Twenty-six pupils — representing the 20 child and 6 adult victims — were chosen for the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus to sing America the Beautiful alongside Oscar- and Emmy-winning star Jennifer Hudson before the big game in New Orleans on the 3rd of February, 2013. But eagle-eyed researchers have spotted that some members of the chorus bear a resemblance to children supposedly killed in the mass shooting. Others have been identified as victims’ siblings.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus at the Superbowl with Jennifer Hudson.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus at the Superbowl with Jennifer Hudson.

Now here’s the strange thing: Comparing the singers’ features in the Superbowl photos with the victims’ features in the photos circulated by the media at the time of the shooting, the resemblances are evident but they’re 3 or 4 years out of sync. It’s as if the media photos were all taken 3 or 4 years before the shooting, not contemporary with it. The Superbowl took place only 50 days after the shooting, so if victims and singers are indeed one and the same, they would have to have aged 3 or 4 years in only 50 days, which is impossible, of course.

See what you think; here’s one video blogger’s analysis:

VIDEO: Sandy Hook Kids Alive Clear Evidence


If the Sandy Hook massacre were a hoax, it would have actually made some sense to put photos of the victims out into the public domain that were 3 or 4, maybe more, years out of date because it would make it more difficult to prove that dead children are still alive.

On the other hand, would it make sense for the hoax perpetrators to put the undead before one of the biggest TV audiences in America — around 110 million?

Of course, there’s one thing that would remove any doubt about the identity of the 26 chorus members: an official list of their names and ages. However, spokesman for the National Football League (NFL) Brian McCarthy said before the game that they’d decided not to release names, grades and ages because they wanted to be protective of the students’ privacy. A laudable position for the NFL to take but somewhat incongruent with the fact that the students were going to be seen on live TV by a third of the population.

Actors with Blocked Tear Ducts?

If the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, then there had to have been a number of actors involved with a role to play, following some sort of script or scenario. The word actors is used very loosely, here, because they wouldn’t be professional performers — certainly not stars of stage and screen, obviously — rather, people who’ve had some minor acting experience or had none at all but possess the confidence (and coaching?) to wing it in front of a microphone, camera and reporter.

Researchers poring over the TV footage have identified a number of interviewees who show inappropriate or unconvincing behaviour, giving rise to the suspicion that they’re among these actors. Like Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, the Chief Medical Examiner who gave a press conference the day after the shooting. Whilst he’s a bona fide, highly experienced pathologist, his responses were very odd: he didn’t have the answers that he should have had, given his expertise and his having examined bodies at the crime scene just hours before. Replying to reporter’s questions, he gave the distinct impression he was making it up as he went along. And his sometimes jokey demeanour was… well… bizarre:

VIDEO: Dr. H. Wayne Carver – Press Conference

Gene Rosen is arguably the Sandy Hook star — in so far as his acting is so bad. And that’s despite his claim to have had some acting experience. His story, as told to CBS News, is that he encountered on his front lawn 6 terrified Sandy Hook first-grade children who’d escaped from the shooting and took them into his house. This story, he repeated in numerous interviews… and eventually caught the eye of this independent researcher and blogger:

VIDEO: Actor Gene Rosen Caught Lying and Rehearsing Lines

Then there are the families of the alleged deceased. We’ve all seen interviews on TV with relatives of an unfortunate soul who lost their life by accident or murder; we’ve got a very good idea of what genuine, intense grief looks and sounds like. But parents of Sandy Hook victims don’t look and sound genuinely bereaved.

First up to the microphone, only a day after the massacre, we have a man who researchers have referred to as the poster child of Sandy Hook actors: one Robbie Parker, father of victim Emilie Parker. Pay close attention to the beginning where he approaches the mike smiling and then, before speaking, purposely hyperventilates. This is an acting technique to ‘get into character’:

VIDEO: Robbie Parker – Press Conference

It’s hard to imagine that a grieving parent, when speaking about their child only 24 hours after they were gunned down would shed no tears, as didn’t Robbie Parker. But dry-eyed grief was unfeasibly universal among Sandy Hook victims’ relatives. Another example is the parents of victim Grace McDonnell in an interview with CNN only 3 days after the shooting. Not only was a tear not shed, their demeanour, particularly mother Lynne’s, was implausibly composed and serene — a bit creepy, in a way:

VIDEO: Chris and Lynn McDonnell – CNN Interview

Was The School Even In Use?

The event happened in December 2012 and the extensive TV news appeared to show a fully functioning school, but there are indications that it had in fact been abandoned by 2008.

Perhaps the most convincing evidence is the absence of the school’s internet activity from the beginning of 2008 until mid-2013 (when, we’re told, the school was temporarily relocated to nearby town of Monroe). This evidence comes from the Wayback Machine which crawls every publicly available website and when it finds a site has been updated, captures and archives its pages. Here’s a screenshot of Sandy Hook’s archive timeline; the black bars indicate when the site was archived:

Wayback Machine record of Sandy Hook Elementary School website activity

Wayback Machine record of Sandy Hook Elementary School website activity

Wayback Machine record of Sandy Hook Elementary School website activity. Click here to go to site.

Compare that to the website activity of Windham, another Connecticut school:

Wayback Machine record of Windham Schools website activity

Wayback Machine record of Windham Schools website activity

Wayback Machine record of Windham Schools website activity. Click here to go to site. 

Clearly, the Sandy Hook website was accessed each year from 2000 to 2008 and then not at all until 2013, which would make perfect sense had the school been disused.“School’s out… forever?”

But for what reason would the school have been abandoned? Researchers believe they have the answer, as indicated by reports in the local Newtown Bee newspaper years before the massacre that the 1956-built school was in a state of disrepair:

In 2002, Consulting Engineering Services recommended that the school be “worked on in 2010 over a nine-month period” to renovate its heating and ventilation system at a cost of $4.5 million. In 2004, the Newtown Board of Education was told: “there were serious problems with the Sandy Hook elementary school roof.” And in 2008 came the disturbing news that the building was found to be contaminated with asbestos.

Fast-forward to October 2013, nearly 10 months after the massacre, and a grant of $49.25 million from the State of Connecticut was awarded for demolishing and rebuilding the school. The reason given? “Asbestos abatement”. Then, around 2 months later, Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission issued a report justifying the demolition which stated: “Had the town decided to reoccupy the school, it would have faced a daunting and possibly insurmountable challenge regarding the presence of hazardous materials”. It turns out that the building was not only contaminated by asbestos but by toxic PCBs under the flooring and in the foundations.

If the contamination came to light in 2008, wouldn’t it have made sense to shut the school down as soon as possible to avoid exposing children and staff to it — and avoid the risk of being sued for public health offences?

Crime scene photos of the exterior and interior of the school suggest repairs were left undone and show classrooms and hallways jammed with furniture and office supplies – in an operational school, things that would have been in violation of the fire safety code. It’s been suggested that the building was in fact used as a storage facility for other schools.

Sandy Hook school hallway crammed with ‘stuff’ 

Sandy Hook school hallway crammed with ‘stuff’


Sandy Hook classroom

Sandy Hook classroom


Sandy Hook school exterior staircase

Sandy Hook school exterior staircase

The Sandy Hook shooting and its aftermath was a multi-faceted episode, and to present all the evidence for it being a hoax is beyond the scope of this article. However, anyone wishing to check out the bigger picture would be well advised to invest time in watching this must-see, professionally produced video presentation by independent researcher Sofia Smallstorm:

VIDEO: SANDY HOOK – CREATING REALITY: A TNN Redux of a Sofia Smallstorm Presentation


Work goes on in the independent research community to get to the bottom of the massacre. As with many such controversial affairs, information comes to light in subsequent years that brings the truth into sharper focus — after all, we now have a much clearer idea of how and why President Kennedy was assassinated and who was responsible, thanks to ongoing independent research (and insiders’ deathbed confessions); no thanks to the authorities. The best place to go to stay in touch with Sandy Hook developments is Memory Hole, a blog run by James F. Tracy.

James was an Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University from 2002 to 2015. In 2013 he achieved national notoriety for researching and reporting on the massacre and the Boston Marathon bombing and was officially terminated in January, 2016 for his efforts (under the pretext of questioning university policy and failing to file paperwork on time). His diligent research and reporting continues.

About Oliver Grant

Oliver Grant used to be a so-called Mad Man. Meaning he used to work in Advertising. However, he gave up all that corporate malarkey and is now a freelance writer. Six years ago he fell down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and hasn’t been seen since, but he does send messages and musings about what he finds down there. Seriously though, his years of research and reading equip him well to write informative and accessible articles for UFOinsight.com on a variety of subjects — from ufology to exopolitics to false flags to climate manipulation. And more besides.

Oliver has written a total of 14 articles for UFO Insight. You can contact Oliver via email.


  • Brie says:

    Got a good case put together here but my mom’s friends son died in Sandy Hook. Was real. Heartbreaking. And a lot of kids in elementary schools look alike, I worked in childcare young children look a lot more alike than older ones.

  • JRB says:

    Maybe Brie can explain why that father (actor) was laughing before the sorrow bit. Brie, you have the floor.

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