College moves to fire professor who questioned Sandy Hook

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school in Newtown, Conn. The massacre in which a mentally troubled young man killed 26 children and teachers, served as a rallying cry for gun-control advocates across the nation. But in the three years since, many states have moved in the opposite direction, embracing the National Rifle Association’s axiom that more “good guys with guns” are needed to deter mass shootings. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Atlantic University has taken steps to fire a professor who claimed the massacre of children in Newtown was staged.

The school said in a release on its website that School of Communication and Multimedia Studies professor James Tracy was served a notice of termination Wednesday. The university said Tracy has 10 days to respond.

Although the school gave no reason for the action, the parents of one student killed at Sandy Hook recently claimed in a Florida newspaper opinion piece that Tracy was taunting them.

Tracy was reprimanded in 2013 for writing in his blog that the Sandy Hook killing was staged, and he has questioned accounts of other mass slayings.

Tracy declined comment in an email Thursday.

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