A public university in Florida is distancing itself from the controversial claims of a professor who questions whether last month's horrific school massacre in Connecticut really happened.
James Tracy, an associate professor of media history at Florida Atlantic University, made the bizarre claim on his personal blog memoryholeblog.com, writing that the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead may have been a government drill -- or may have not even occurred.
"James Tracy does not speak for the university," Lisa Metcalf, FAU's director of media relations, told FoxNews.com in an email. "The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way. As for any previous disciplinary actions at FAU, we do not comment on personnel matters."
In a posting titled "The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information," Tracy questioned how Adam Lanza was able to fire off so many shots in such little time and noted a lack of surveillance video or still images from the gruesome crime scene.
"Inconsistencies and anomalies abound when one turns an analytical eye to news of the Newtown school massacre," Tracy, 47, wrote. "While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place -- at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
Pressed by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tracy acknowledged that "one is left with the impression that a real tragedy took place," but suggested the Dec. 14 massacre was some sort of staged event.
"Was this to a certain degree constructed?" he asked. "Was this a drill?
Tracy's mistrust is aimed equally at authorities and the media.
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