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Sandy Hook hoax: 6 signs that school was closed before massacre

The alternative media have blogged and made countless YouTube videos on what Wolfgang Halbig calls “things that don’t make sense” about the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) shooting massacre of 20 first-graders and 6 adults on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut.

Some of those “things that don’t make sense” are emergency medical helicopters not being called to the scene, parents showing no grief, donation websites with creation dates that preceded the massacre, government’s continuing refusal to release the death certificates and burial sites of the alleged victims, and homes with a sale transaction date of 12/25/2009 and a $0 sale price.

Recently, I undertook a review of the “things that don’t makes sense,” which led me to conclude that the crux — the decisive and most important issue — of whether the massacre actually happened is this:

Was Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) operational on December 14, 2012, or had it long been abandoned?

If the school already was closed, no children or teachers would be there on December 14 to be gunned down by Adam Lanza.

Here’s the evidence supporting the contention that SHES had long been abandoned:

1. What school’s neighbors said

In an interview with Halbig on Truth Radio Show on March 21, 2014, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi said (5:45 mark), “The school’s been closed down for God knows how long. [Neighbors] can’t understand why there were kids in that building because it was condemned.”

2. Reports of SHES being contaminated with asbestos, requiring expensive repairs

SHES was built in 1956. Several reports in local newspaper The Newtown Bee indicate that years before the massacre, SHES was in a state of disrepair and contaminated with environmental toxins.

As examples, in 2002, Consulting Engineering Services recommended to the school district that SHES be “worked on in 2010 over a nine-month period” to upgrade and renovate its heating and ventilation system at a cost of $4.5 million.Two years later, in 2004, the Newtown Board of Education was told “there were serious problems with the Sandy Hook elementary school roof.” Four years later, in 2008, there was yet more bad news: SHES was contaminated with asbestos. (Remember that 2008 date.)

On October 5, 2013, nearly 10 months after the massacre, a city referendum passed by over 90% in support of the demolition and rebuilding of SHES with a generous $49.25 million grant from the State of Connecticut. The reason given for the demolition was “asbestos abatement”. On Dec. 2, 2013, Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell issued a report to justify the already-approved demolition. He said that “had the town decided to reoccupy the school on Dickinson Drive, it would have faced a daunting and possibly insurmountable challenge regarding the presence of hazardous materials” because the school was contaminated by not just asbestos, but also PCBs under the flooring and in the foundations and footings.

Just think: If the city already knew in 2008 that the school was contaminated with asbestos and, in 2013, used the contamination to justify tearing it down, why would the same asbestos-contaminated school be safe for children and teachers to inhabit from 2008 through 2012? If SHES had remained open, wouldn’t the school district be sued for endangering public health?

It makes more sense that the school was shut down in 2008 and remained closed, until the massacre provided Newtown with the financial means — a windfall of $50 million from the state — to tear down the school and build a swanky, state-of-the-art replacement.

new Sandy Hook Elementary School

3. Photographic evidence of an abandoned school

Crime scene photos of the exterior and interior of SHES — from the website of the State of Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and from a batch of photos that Halbig obtained via Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), some of which are posted on James Fetzer’s blog — are consistent with the appearance of an abandoned school.

Moss and grime covered the school building; repairs were left undone. Especially noteworthy, as pointed out by Fetzer, is a dangerous, exposed metal rod on an exterior staircase (see #3 in photo below):

SHES exterior staircase

Classrooms and hallways were used for storage, jammed with furniture and office supplies. If those rooms and hallways were actually in an operational school, then SHES was in clear violation of the fire safety code.

SH classroom5


Then there is this photo of a pile of dust underneath an alleged bullet hole in a wall outside Room 1C, which looks suspiciously like the debris from someone drilling a pretend “bullet” hole into the ceramic wall-tile.

I've painted red circles around the

I’ve painted red circles around the “bullet” hole and the little pile of drilled dust underneath.

4. Absence of designated handicapped parking spaces and signage

But we don’t need crime scene photos for visual indicators of a long abandoned school. The many aerial photographic and video images of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s parking lot taken by news media on the day of the massacre would suffice, such as the one below from a CNN news video.

CNN's Sandy Hook school

Although the above CNN image shows a wheelchair symbol painted on a parking space closest to the school’s front door, it is not painted in the now-familiar blue and white colors that have become ubiquitous certainly by 2012.

As an example, an August 22, 2011 article by Debbie Moore for My Parking Sign stated:

Americans with Disabilities Act signed in 1990 … details guidelines for every public area that needs to provide with ample accessibility options for the disabled….

ADA states the following rules that need to be followed while posting accessibility signs in designated areas –

  1. The international symbol of accessibility should be posted on all accessible parking spaces marking the reserved spot. The accessibility symbol is the well-known picture of a person using a wheelchair on top of a blue background.
  2. Van-accessible parking spaces to have additional ‘text’ or ‘sign’ below the accessibility symbol to mark the van-accessible area specifically.
  3. Signs should be placed at such a height (at least 60 inches above surface) that they do not get obscured by any parked vehicles or other obstructions. ADA handicap parking signs (commonly known as Access Signs) posted must be viewable from the drivers’ seat of the vehicle and located right in view of parking spaces.”

The picture below shows the upright handicap signs that should be, but were not, in SHES’s parking lot.


Indeed, Connecticut General Statutes, Sec. 14-253a(h), clearly states that “Parking spaces designated for persons who are blind and persons with disabilities on or after October 1, 1979, and prior to October 1, 2004, shall be as near as possible to a building entrance or walkway and shall be fifteen feet wide including three feet of cross hatch, or parallel to a sidewalk on a public highway.”

Referring to that Connecticut state law, a 2009 ordinance of the town of Monroe, CT, about 9 miles from Newtown, specified that “Exterior accessible parking spaces [for the handicapped] shall be located on the shortest route . . . and identified by both a standing sign and painted on the pavement.

But aerial images of SHES’s parking lot, including the CNN image, show no upright blue-and-white handicap signs nor blue-and-white colored handicap parking spaces, which would make the school in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the subsequent ADA Amendments Act of 2008 that broadened the meaning of disabilities. Unless, of course, the school had been closed since 2008.

5. Absence of Internet activity 2008-2013

I believe the most compelling evidence that SHES had long been abandoned before the 2012 massacre is the testimony from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine of the school’s lack of of Internet activity from the beginning of 2008 through all of 2012.

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the Internet which uses a special software to crawl and download all publicly accessible World Wide Web pages. It was Jungle Server who first discovered that the Wayback Machine shows an absence of Internet activity from SHES since 2008 — the same year when the school was found to be contaminated with asbestos.

To verify Jungle Surfer’s claim, I searched for SHES’s website, http://newtown.k12.ct.us/~sh, on the Wayback Machine, the result of which is below, showing the school’s lack of Internet activity from the beginning of 2008 to mid-2013. By mid-2013, we are told SHES temporarily had relocated to the nearby town of Monroe, about 9 miles from Newtown. You are invited to replicate and verify what I did by going here.

Image 15 - SHES Internet activity

6. Halbig’s FOI Hearing

On April 24, 2015, more than two years after Halbig first asked questions about Sandy Hook by phoning and writing letters to Connecticut officials invoking the FOIA, the state finally granted him the first of two hearings before the State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission. The respondents were the Newtown Police Department, First Selectman Patricia Llodra, the Town of Newtown, and Newtown’s Board of Education. They were represented by attorney Monte Frank, a gun-control activist who founded Team 26, a cycling group that lobbies for gun control.

The purpose of the hearing was to determine if Newtown improperly withheld documents requested by Halbig. Halbig claims that he had requested the following documents from the respondents, but was denied — the denial being a violation of FOIA:

  1. SHES maintenance work orders, including:
    1. Copies of all maintenance work orders submitted by SHES principal Dawn Hochsprung (one of Lanza’s alleged victims who, strangely, was interviewed by The Bee about the massacre) or her designee to the school district maintenance department for any repairs, new classroom doors or painting from July 1, 2012 through December 13, 2012.
    2. Copies signed by Hochsprung or her designee showing the date of completion of the repairs together with time stamps showing job completion.
  2. Copies of all emails to and from Hochsprung and her assistant to various school district departments, e.g., food services provider, from May 1, 2012 through December 13, 2012.

The requested documents presumably could prove that the school was operational on the day of the massacre.

In a post on April 25, 2015, an anonymous contributor to SandyHookFacts.com, a blog that claims to debunk Sandy Hook “conspiracy theorists,” triumphantly crowed that the FOI hearing was a “total failure” for Halbig because attorney Frank said time-stamped SHES maintenance work orders signed by Hochsprung or her designee had been made available to Halbig six months before the hearing.

SandyHookFacts.com is much too hasty and mistaken in its crowing for in a memo on June 25, 2015, titled “Transmittal of Proposed Final Decision,” the State of Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) states the following:

“it is found that the respondents, through counsel, informed the complainant [Halbig] that the respondents maintained 45 records responsive to the complainant’s request described in paragraph 2(a)(i), above, and that they would be provided upon payment of the copying fee. […]

It is found that the respondents’ counsel also informed the complainant that his request described in paragraph 2(a)(i), above, was vague, overly broad, and that it was not a request for ‘specific documents and would require research and analysis not required under the FOI Act.‘”

Most importantly, the FOIC states:

“It is found that . . . the respondents, through counsel, also informed the complainant that the town had no records responsive to the request described in paragraph 2(a)(ii), above.”

Note that paragraph 2(a)(i) in the FOIC memo is 1A in this post (see above), i.e., copies of all maintenance work orders submitted by SHES principal Dawn Hochsprung or her designee to the school district maintenance department for any repairs, new classroom doors or painting from July 1, 2012 through December 13, 2012.

Note that paragraph 2(a)(ii) in the FOIC memo is 1B in this post, i.e., copies signed by Hochsprung or her designee showing the date of completion of the repairs together with time stamps showing job completion.

By saying that “the town had no records responsive to the request described in paragraph 2(a)(ii),” the FOIC means the town of Newtown does not have documents signed by Hochsprung or her designee showing the date of completion of the repairs [to SHES] together with time stamps showing job completion.

Furthermore, the FOIC memo also states:

“It is found that the respondents’ counsel also informed the complainant that his request described in paragraph 2(b)(i), above, was vague, overly broad, and that it . . . ‘would require research and analysis not required under the FOI Act.'”

Note that FOIC’s paragraph 2(b)(i) is document 2 in this post, i.e., copies of all emails to and from Hochsprung and her assistant to various school district departments, e.g., food services provider, from May 1, 2012 through December 13, 2012.

In other words, Newtown cannot produce evidence that in the months preceding the massacre from May 1, 2012 through December 13, 2012, repairs were made on Sandy Hook Elementary School or that Hochsprung had exchanged emails with school district departments.

The reason is a simple one: the school was not operational, having been closed down for years, most probably since 2008 when it was discovered to be contaminated with asbestos.

Go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page for links to other posts on this hoax.


Sandy Hook’s dead school principal interviewed about massacre one day before the massacre

The Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) shooting massacre on December 14, 2012, is full of oddities — what former Florida state trooper Wolfgang Halbig calls “things that don’t make sense.”

Fellowship of the Minds has chronicled many of those oddities. Go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.

Here’s another thing that doesn’t make sense.

Dawn Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung, the 47–year-old principal of SHES, was one of the six adults whom Lanza shot to death on the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012.

As recounted by ABC News’ Katie Kindelan:

“Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung devoted her life to helping students as an educator. In her final moments, Hochsprung, 47, reportedly gave her life Friday to save the lives of countless students and teachers when she sprung from a conference room at the sound of gunshots and confronted head-on the armed shooter who had barged into the school.”

So it is curious, to say the least, that on the day of the massacre, the local paper, The Newtown Bee, ran an online story, “Shooting Reported Sandy Hook Elementary School,” which quoted the same Hochsprung as a source:

 Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Hochsprung told The Bee that a masked man entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shows—more than she could count—that went ‘on and on.’

According to blogger swansong of InsanemediaThe Bee retracted the story three days later, but not before swansong had captured a screenshot of the original article, and circled in yellow the sentence referring to Hochsprung.

↓click image to enlarge↓

Newtown Bee Dawn Hochsprung

On December 31, 2012, Newtown Bee published this retraction and apology:

An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.

We apologize for whatever confusion this may have caused our readers and for any pain or anguish it may have cause the Hochsprung family.

Swansong points out that Newtown is a small town of about 27,000 people and that The Newtown Bee is located less than 1½ miles from SHES and had run innumerable stories on the school, many of which featured Dawn Hochsprung. In other words, Hochsprung was well known by The Bee’s reporters.

Even more remarkable is swansong’s discovery that the Bing cache date for The Bee’s original report that quoted Hochsprung was December 13, 2012—one day before the massacre. Here’s a screenshot swansong took of the cache:

Bing cache of Newtown Bee story

In a follow-up, Newtown Bee’s editor, Curtiss Clark, told swansong that John Voket was “the reporter” who spoke with the woman mistaken for Hochsprung, and that Voket met the woman face to face. Since Voket had worked at The Bee for 8 years as its associate editor and is a radio announcer and active in the community, it strains credibility that Voket had mistaken the woman for Hochsprung. In an email to swansong, Voket attributed his mistake to the chaos and commotion of that day, and to the woman, whose name he would not divulge, having “a number of physical attributes” in common with Hochsprung.


Remarkable resemblance of Sandy Hook victims and professional crisis actors

This is a follow-up on the post our lowtechgrannie did on January 7, 2013, “Crisis Actor Photos.”

At issue is whether professional “crisis actors” are going beyond mere simulation of mass casualty events (what the Denver-based group VisionBox Crisis Actors say they do) to actually impersonate real-life people caught in the news of recent massacres, notably the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.

There’s a woman named Jennifer Greenberg Sexton who lives in Florida. She has a remarkable family because so many members of the Sexton-Greenberg clan are dopplegangers of people associated with the Sandy Hook massacre.

Here’s Jennifer Greenberg on Stars Color, a website with pictures of people in the movie industry — actors, actresses, directors — which suggests Greenberg is an actress, albeit not a famous or even known one:


I took a screenshot (on Jan. 11, 2013) of her picture on Stars Color in case the site scrubs it in the days to come:

Stars Color

Here’s a picture of Jennifer Greenberg Sexton and her husband Richard Sexton (we don’t know when the photos were taken):

Jennifer & Richard Sexton

Here’s a later photo of Richard Sexton, showing he’s lost some hair:

Jennifer Greenberg hubby Richard Sexton aka Nick Phelps

In the video below, beginning at the 8:49 mark, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is interviewing a couple, Nick and Laura Phelps, about slain Sandy Hook school principal Dawn Hochsprung. The Phelps are parents of two Sandy Hook students:

I took these two screen shots of Nick and Laura Phelps from the video:

Nick & Laura Phelps x2

But Nick and Laura Phelps look very much like another couple, Richard and Jennifer Greenberg Sexton! See for yourself.

In the composite I made (see below), Richard Sexton is in the top row, Nick Phelps in bottom row:

Sexton & Phelps composite

Here’s a composite of pictures of Jennifer Greenberg Sexton (top row) and Laura Phelps (bottom row). Dang. The two women even part their hair the same way!

Jennifer Greenberg Laura Phelps composite

At the 8:35 mark of the same video (above) is a picture of slain Sandy Hook first grade teacher Victoria Soto in the right foreground. In the background on the left is a white-haired man making a devil’s horn sign with his hand. (Note that I haven’t photoshopped the picture. It’s from CNN’s news video, labeled “Family Photos,” that is, the photo was supplied by Soto’s family.)

Here’s a screen shot I took from the video:

Devils horn guy aka Michael Greenberg

Below is a picture of Jennifer Greenberg Sexton (r) with a man (l) identified as Michael Greenberg (Jennifer’s dad):

Michael Greenberg

Same head posture; same glaring eyes. Are devil’s horn man and Michael Greenberg the same person?

Devils horn guy = Michael Greenberg

Remember the pic of Richard and Jennifer (Greenberg) Sexton and their daughter? Here it is again. Take a good look at the girl’s face:


Here’s a pic of Jennifer Greenberg Sexton with two girls. The one on the left looks to be an older version of the young girl in the photo above. The older girl on the right is said to be Samantha Sexton:

mommy with her girls

Here’s a photo of 5 children, said to be the Sexton-Greenberg kids. Do the girls look familiar to you? The girl on the left looks like Samantha Sexton in the photo above. Note the smiling dark-haired boy, the second boy from Samantha. Let’s call him the Greenberg boy.


Beginning at the 3:45 mark in the video below, a reporter is interviewing the siblings of slain teacher Victoria Soto. Pay special attention to the boy Carlos Matthew Soto (5:00 mark) and the older girl, Carlee Soto (5:28 mark):

Does Carlos Matthew Soto (l) look like an older version of the Greenberg boy (r)?

Carlos Soto & Sexton-Greenberg boy

Does Carlee Soto (l) look like an older version of Samantha Sexton (r)?

Carlee Soto is Samantha Sexton

What are the chances (probability) that so many members of one family in Florida, that of actress Jennifer Greenberg Sexton, look like members of two other families — the Phelps and Sotos — thousands of miles away in Newtown, Connecticut?

What do you think?

Sources of Greenberg-Sexton photos:

A man named “Ed” is said to be the first to uncover Jennifer Greenberg Sexton. See Dan Eden’s “Is the News Real?“.

See also:

Update (Jan. 23, 2013):

A video has surfaced, of Laura Phelps performing in a play. See “More evidence that Sandy Hook parent Laura Phelps is actress Jennifer Sexton.”

Update (Jan. 24, 2013):

Thanks to FOTM reader Sunny’s tip, I now know the source of the Sexton family photos. It’s a photo album that Sexton had put online: http://picasaweb.google.com/11008399599727071392


Amidst great evil, Sandy Hook teachers save children’s lives

On Friday afternoon, I heard an expert on the psychology of mass murderers like Adam Lanza interviewed on the Mark Levin radio show. John Lot said shooters like Lanza are bent on committing suicide. What distinguishes them from other suicides is their grandiosity — they want to go out in a blaze, taking as many innocent lives with them as they can, because they want to make a name for themselves, albeit in the most perverse way. But their names will be emblazoned in the media and in our consciousness nevertheless.

We need to stop finding excuses — Lanza had Asperger Syndrome! — to minimize their deeds. We need to call these mass murderers what they are: EVIL.

But sure enough, evil men like Adam Lanza do succeed in their malignant quest for publicity. What these evil men do is so unthinkably horrible, we can’t help but want to find out who they are. Who is Adam Lanza? Why did he kill 26 innocent lives in Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 first-grade little children whose lives had barely begun? What rage can possibly account for him shooting all his victims execution-style and shooting each precious 6-year-old child ELEVEN times?

The way we can thwart these evil bastards from the publicity they seek is to focus on the Good and the Light.

Here are examples of the Good and the Light, in the midst of great evil that terrible day in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sandy Hook 1st graders learn about the three As of concert behavior: attention, appreciation, and applauseMaryrose Kristopik teaches a group of first graders about the three As of concert behavior: attention, appreciation, and applause

Daniel Bates reports for the Daily Mail, Dec. 14, 2012, that during the shooting at Sandy Hook, music teacher Maryrose Kristopik had the presence of mind to gather her students, ages 8-10, into a closet. She kept the children quiet by praying with them and assuring them “I love you,” and so saved 20 precious lives.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Kristopik said she barricaded herself into a closet with her students while killer Adam Lanza battered on the door screaming: “Let me in! Let me in!” Only when the shots, which had been ringing out, had died down did she lead her students outside to safety.

Mrs Kristopik said: “I did take the children into the closet and talked with them to keep them quiet. I told them that I loved them. I said there was a bad person in the school. I didn’t want to tell them anything past that.”

Kristopik said there were 20 kids in the closet and there wasn’t enough space for them. One door had several instruments, including big xylophones, blocking it. But Kristopik stood in front of the other door and held the handle to keep the children out of harm’s way.

She said, “I was just trying to be as strong as possible. I was thinking about the children. I told them that we had to keep quiet and we were hiding and nobody knew we were there. Of course I was afraid too. I wanted them to be quiet, I thought it was a pretty secure out of the way place.”

Maryrose Kristopik rightly is hailed a “hero” by parents.

An unnamed mother, in her 40s, whose nine-year-old son was among the children said: “I want to thank her. She saved their lives. The shooter kept banging on the door screaming: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’ but he didn’t get in. Now I have to explain to my nine-year-old son that his friends won’t be coming back. How am I supposed to do that?”

Brenda Lebinski said her eight-year-old daughter is safe thanks to the teacher’s decision to move all kids into a closet when Lanza had entered the building. “My daughter’s teacher is my hero,” Lebinski said. “She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives.”

Asked about the incident itself, Mrs Kristopik denied that she was a hero: “I called the police, I dialed 911 and they said they had reports of shots in the school, so that’s when I had to tell the kids there was a bad person there because I didn’t want them to talk. I did what any other teacher would have done and I know there were others like me doing the same. They were doing whatever they could. They were my fourth graders. We held hands, we hugged and I just tried to talk to them a little. We also said some prayers and one of the children said we should say a prayer, and we did.”

There were other heroes at Sandy Hook.

One of them is the school’s principal Dawn Hochsprung, who reportedly tried to shield students from Lanza with her body before she was gunned down.

This picture was recently taken of an assembly at Sandy Hook elementary, with hero music teacher Maryrose Kristopik conducting the choir This picture of hero music teacher Maryrose Kristopik conducting the choir at assembly was taken Wednesday and tweeted by murdered principal Dawn Hochsprung

Another hero teacher was Kaitlin Roig, who barricaded her first grade students in the classroom’s bathroom and locked the door when she first heard gunshots.

Roig said, “The kids were being so good. They asked ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there?’, ‘I just want Christmas”, ‘I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, ‘You’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah… I tried to be positive’.”

Another teacher (name unknown), according to Richard Wilford’s seven-year-old son, went out of the second-grade classroom to check on the (gun) noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived. “There’s no words,” Wilford said. “It’s sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him.”

Melissa Makris’s 10-year-old son, Philip, was in the school gym and “heard a lot of loud noises and then screaming.” His gym teachers immediately gathered the children and kept them safe in a corner. The students stayed huddled until police came in the gym and helped them get out of the building, telling the kids to run.

light in darkness

God bless all these wonderful teachers — candles in the darkness — who, as Hell broke loose and unleashed its demons, had the courage and presence of mind to secure the safety of their little charges.