Sandy Hook dad (Leonard Pozner) fights lies about murdered son

Here is the reality that Leonard Pozner faces every day:


On a Friday morning four years ago, Leonard dropped off his son, Noah, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. It was three weeks after Noah’s sixth birthday, and he had just lost his first tooth. He was a little guy, bright and inquisitive, who loved books and started reading at an early age.


“He had this charm about him,” Pozner said. “He was handsome. He was incredibly loving.”


But that morning, on Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook and gunned down Noah, along with 19 other children and six staff members.


“I feel like I really only had a year or two with him where he wasn’t Noah the toddler or Noah the baby, but was Noah the person.”


While Leonard Pozner and his family must live with their loss of Noah every day, there is another story circulating the internet, and it often comes in the form of slanderous remarks and even death threats against the Pozner family:


Noah never existed. Pozner is an actor, paid to perpetuate a massive hoax staged by the government and the media to build support for gun control.


One man told Pozner he should “be put in boiling feces.”


Others have insisted that he and other Sandy Hook parents exhume the bodies of their children to prove they existed.


On Dec. 5, federal agents arrested Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa, believing her to be the woman who has been leaving voicemails on Pozner’s phone, saying, “You gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” and  “Look behind you, it is death.”


This is what fake news fuels, Pozner said.


“You’ll never be able to convince these people of anything,” Pozner said.


The internet, he said, is a great equalizer that gives an equal voice to a lie and the truth. When enough people believe the same lie, it spreads like a “thought virus.”


But Richards’ arrest shows there is a limit to what people can say, Pozner said.


“It shows that, yes, there is a threshold.”


Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting.


For most of that time, Leonard Pozner, who said he once held conspiracy theorist views of his own, has been confronting lies and false stories about the massacre that have been spread through an echo chamber over the internet.


He started by confronting the conspiracy theorists themselves, joining Facebook pages dedicated to proving that his son’s murder was a hoax and answering the group’s questions. He spoke with “hoaxers” over the phone and by email.


But he said it didn’t work.


When skeptics demanded his son’s birth certificate, Pozner published it. When they asked for Noah’s kindergarten progress reports, Pozner produced them. Hardest of all, when they asked for his death certificate, Pozner, after weeks of struggling, posted a copy online.


They didn’t read Noah’s report card and see that his kindergarten teacher had included a note saying that he was a sweet, inquisitive boy she would miss having in her class. They didn’t take note that he was born a healthy 7 pounds, 2 ounces. They weren’t moved by the death certificate that said he was found lying on his back in his classroom, wearing his red and black Spider-Man sweatshirt, with wounds around his mouth and chin.


“They’d find a typo or spelling error and pick it apart,” Pozner said. “They needed to claim it was fake because it would shut down all their theories. They’d point to variations in typefaces and fonts.”


In 2015, Leonard Pozner decided that he couldn’t hold the hands of conspiracy theorists and convince them of the truth. He shifted his focus to taking away their platforms, trying to flag content and convince Silicon Valley behemoths like Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube to remove their videos and articles online. He created the HONR Network, a team of volunteers dedicated to flagging content that crosses over into slander and attacks, one at a time.


“This online hoaxer world is pretty large,” Pozner said. “I’ve been saying for years that it’s like this brush fire that’s ready to burn down the entire forest. It’s starting to rot out the internet at the core. This online hate does lead to violence and murder.”


He said he is starting to see progress.

The world, at least, is becoming more aware of the violence that can be caused by rumors, lies and false stories spread online.


“Lawmakers and police aren’t tuned into this,” Pozner said. “They weren’t in school when this stuff existed. It’s not on their radar until somebody shows up to a pizzeria and unloads bullets.”


Pozner said he has no doubt that he needs to continue confronting the spread of conspiracies and fake news.


It’s the only way, he said, he can protect his son’s memory.

Noah was born on Nov. 20. This year, Pozner bought a few balloons in Noah’s name. He wanted to do something very little, he said, because it’s a complicated day.


Noah has a twin sister.

“I felt so bad in 2013 because we didn’t properly celebrate our daughter’s birthday,” he said. “It brought us down. I tried really hard this year to focus on her good day. We might have celebrated it twice as much to make up for it.”

Emotional Abuse is as Serious as Physical Abuse: HONR Network

Nowadays abuse against victims and their families affected by incidences of mass violence has increased in certain parts of the world. The reasons for this may be unknown but it is surely an evil that must be curbed. There are times when people are abused emotionally as well as physically. Emotional abuse is actually as serious as physical abuse if not more. There have been instances where emotional abuse has been fatal. The major reason why emotional abuse is as serious as physical abuse is discussed here.


Physical abuse just leads to physical pain. This pain will heal in a matter of time. But emotional abuse leads to a permanent blot on the mental state of victims and their families affected by incidences of mass violence. This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. Both are serious crimes that merit sufficient punishment. Emotional abuse is the other name for mental harassment of victims.


When people are harassed mentally it will leave an impression on their minds that has their feared for rest of their life unless treated. There have been instances where people have been reported to have become mentally ill after they have been harassed mentally. This emotional abuse has become more and more rampant.


When people are abused physically they can be consoled and that part might as well be forgotten after the abuser has apologized and has been punished accordingly. But emotional abuse becomes very difficult to discover, let alone think of consoling the abused.


Emotional abuse is again undiscovered because victims may be afraid to ask for help, fearing more abuse. The tragic part is that they are threatened by these abusers against any complaints. HONR Network of Lenny Pozner is committed to standing up in defense of victims and their families affected by incidences of mass violence. With every tragic new incident, conspiracy theorists are renewed in their zeal to unleash torrents of abuse, harassment, defamation and hate towards survivors and their families. Some are driven by pure delusion that such incidences are staged hoaxes, while others simply for profit.


Emotional abuse may also be a by-product of fights between people. There is no reason why those two opposing parties can’t reach a proper solution so that their differences may be sorted out. There is a saying that there is no problem that doesn’t have a solution. Well this very much true. The proper resolution of the problem is the first step that one can take to prevent abusing people. One needs to understand that he has no right of abusing any one.


We all need to curb this evil. We at HONR Network Take Action Against the Abusers. Whatever the reason, HONR Network is dedicated to taking necessary action, within legal parameters, to bring accountability to Abusive Hoaxers; whether social or legal.


HONR Network is currently undertaking the task of financially assisting Sandy Hook parent Leonard Pozner, who’s 6 year old son Noah was killed in his elementary school along with 19 of his classmates and 6 female educators, to civilly prosecute Wolfgang Halbig.


As Mr. Lenny Pozner and his family grapple to deal with grief and moving on with life without Noah, Wolfgang Halbig spreads slanderous and defamatory propaganda against Mr. Pozner and his family, as well as that of the other Sandy Hook victims.  Mr. Halbig’s campaign of disinformation and hate speech has resulted in the escalation of harassment and death threats toward Mr. Pozner, and continues to recruit new foot soldiers to the Sandy Hook truth movement every day.  Recent history has demonstrated that some of these “truther” types are dangerous to society, and have committed a slough of crimes as a result of their mindset.


HONR Network needs the support of concerned, empathetic citizens who want to see such abusers punished for their actions.  Please consider donating to our cause, so we can be effective in our quest to combat the cruelty perpetrated against those who have lost loved ones to unspeakable tragedy.

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Lenny Pozner Founded HONR Network to Protect Victims of High Profile Tragedies

Veronique and Lenny Pozner are the parents of Noah Pozner, one of the 20 children killed in the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook massacre. Mr. Lenny Pozner founded the HONR Network, aimed at combating conspiracy theorists on mass shootings.

Stopping the Continual and Intentional Torment of Victims –

After suffering the agonizing emotional pain of the loss of a loved one to violence, grieving family members are forced to endure emotional stress in the form of hostile confrontation, online slander and defamation, and disparagement of the memory of their loved one, as well as the denigration of the tribulation they have experienced as a result of the death of their loved one. No one should have to endure such hateful treatment at the hands of fellow members of society, especially after suffering profound loss to an unspeakable act of violence.

The HONR Network believes that decent society should not tolerate those who exploit tragedies and prey on the victims of violent crimes as in the case of Veronique and Lenny Pozner. Americans who’ve lost their loved ones should be allowed to grieve in peace without being harassed, exploited or subjected to online defamation. Unfortunately, the publicity surrounding most high-profile tragedies makes these vulnerable people ideal targets for this kind of persecution


We Take Action Against the Abusers –

Most members of society are allowed to grieve in peace, surrounded by an atmosphere of compassion. This has not been the case for many family members of victims who lost their lives to tragic, highly publicized mass killings. It isn’t fair or acceptable. Action must be taken to restore peace and tranquility to those personally affected by the despicable cruelty cast upon them by individuals acting under the ‘truth movement.’ As a society, the right to free speech is important to all of us, but there is a fine line between freedom of speech and freedom to abuse and defame others. The Hoaxers and Gun Truthers are regularly crossing that line, and must not be allowed to impart this sort of hatred unimpeded. Until these malicious abusers anonymous identities are revealed and they are burdened by consequences, they will not stop stalking and tormenting innocent people who are trying to go on with their lives and heal from the emotional trauma suffered as a result of their tragic loss.


We’re In This Together –

Most of us remember where we were, and the profound sadness we felt when we heard about each of the horrific tragedies that unfolded in recent years. Our sadness was for the victims who lost their lives, and for the families left to suffer unimaginable emotional pain for the rest of theirs. Grief is a painful process to go through, but it is a natural and necessary one in healing.

Families in grief have the right to do so in peace and dignity. Regrettably, victims’ families are being cheated out of this basic human dignity, and being subjected to unspeakable harassment on an ongoing basis. We need to band together as a community of caring individuals, and act to stop these abusers from inflicting any further harm to people who have committed no crime, and simply want to be left alone to grieve their loved ones and live out the rest of their lives in peace.
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Sandy Hook Dad (Lenny Pozner) Fights back Against ‘Hoaxers’ with Lawsuit and Hilarious Trump Pranks

The father of the youngest child slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School Lenny Pozner is fighting back against conspiracy theorists who believe the massacre never happened.


Lenny Pozner used to be conspiracy theorist himself before his 6-year-old son, Noah, had his jaw blown off Dec. 14, 2012, by a gunman’s AR-15 inside his first grade classroom.


In fact, Pozner told New York Magazine, he might even have listened to conspiracy-monger Alex Jones’ podcast the morning he dropped off Noah and his two daughters at school for the last time.


But, after his son died along with 19 other children and six adults, he realized the harm in speculating without much evidence about real-life events.


“Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner told the magazine. “My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”


Pozner first tried proving “truthers” — whom he prefers to call “hoaxers” — wrong by supplying documents and other evidence to show Noah had existed and was murdered, but he found too many of them had no interest in engaging with facts.


“There was a segment of the population that wanted to have these things debunked,” Pozner said. “All they know is what they’re seeing online, the buzz of all of this dis­information, and someone needed to provide the service of offering accurate information should they want it.”


So he called out some of the most prominent hoaxers, including Wolfgang Halbig and former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy, by name and set up the Conspiracy Theorists Anonymous to help debunk their conspiracy theories.


But Pozner realized after about a year — as hoaxers launched personal attacks against him and other group members — that debunking had run its course.


“I realized there was no one left with questions,” he said. “The only people left were trolls.”


The former IT consultant spends much of his days filing copyright complaints against hoaxers who use photos of his family, and he founded the HONR Network last year to help remove conspiracy theory content about the Sandy Hook shootings.


Pozner worries that Halbig and other hoaxers inspire “crazies” to engage in possible violence against Sandy Hook victims’ families — who they believe are imposters involved in a government plot to disarm Americans.


So he has decided to fight back against them through goofy pranks, targeted complaints and a lawsuit against Halbig for invasion of privacy.


“Suing Halbig is symbolic,” Pozner told New York Magazine. “If I can show that if you go after a victim, a victim is gonna sue you — that’s real.”


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Lenny Pozner used to believe in conspiracy theories. Until his son’s death became one.

On December 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped off his three children, Sophia, Arielle, and Noah, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Noah had recently turned 6, and on the drive over they listened to his favorite song, “Gangnam Style,” for what turned out to be the last time. Half an hour later, while Sophia and Arielle hid nearby, Adam Lanza walked into Noah’s first-grade class with an AR-15 rifle. Noah was the youngest of the 20 children and seven adults killed in one of the deadliest shootings in American history. When the medical examiner found Noah lying face up in a Batman sweatshirt, his jaw had been blown off. Lenny and his wife, Veronique, raced to the school as soon as they heard the news, but had to wait for hours alongside other parents to learn their son’s fate


It didn’t take much longer for Pozner to find out that many people didn’t believe his son had died or even that he had lived at all. Days after the rampage, a man walked around Newtown filming a video in which he declared that the massacre had been staged by “some sort of New World Order global elitists” intent on taking away our guns and our liberty. A week later, James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote a blog post expressing doubts about the massacre. By January, a 30-minute YouTube video, titled “The Sandy Hook Shooting — Fully Exposed,” which asked questions like “Wouldn’t frantic kids be a difficult target to hit?,” had been viewed more than 10 million times.


As the families grieved, conspiracy theorists began to press their case in ways that Newtown couldn’t avoid. State officials received anonymous phone calls at their homes, late at night, demanding answers: Why were there no trauma helicopters? What happened to the initial reports of a second shooter? A Virginia man stole playground signs memorializing two of the victims, and then called their parents to say that the burglary shouldn’t affect them, since their children had never existed. At one point, Lenny Pozner was checking into a hotel out of town when the clerk looked up from the address on his driver’s license and said, “Oh, Sandy Hook — the government did that.” Pozner had tried his best to ignore the conspiracies, but eventually they disrupted his grieving process so much that he could no longer turn a blind eye. “Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner said this summer. “My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”


The Pozners moved to Newtown in 2005, partly to send their kids to better schools, but after Noah’s death they saw no choice but to leave. “What happened just weighed on the town like a Chernobyl-like cloud,” Veronique told me from her home in a state far from Newtown that the Pozners prefer not to identify, given the threats that conspiracy theorists have leveled against some Sandy Hook families. The Pozners’ marriage had been falling apart before the shooting, and though Noah’s death briefly brought them back together, the couple eventually divorced. They still co-parent their daughters, who developed a fear of the dark after the shooting and asked Veronique to find a home in a gated community.


Lenny, who has a goatee and a middle-aged paunch, lives by himself a few miles from Veronique. Since relocating, he has moved apartments four times and gets his mail delivered to a P.O. box on the other side of the state. “It’s part of what I need to do to stay vigilant,” he said. After eight months in his newest home, the living room was sparsely furnished, save for a painting of Noah and a cluttered coffee table topped with his daughters’ Barbie dolls and a book called The Meaning of Life.


“I prefer the term hoaxer to truther,” Lenny said, kicking a pair of jeans and Adidas flip-flops onto the footrest of leather Barcalounger. “There’s nothing truthful about it.” There is no universal Sandy Hook hoax narrative, but the theories generally center on the idea that a powerful force (the Obama administration, gun-control groups, the Illuminati) staged the shooting, with the assistance of paid “crisis actors,” including the Pozners, the other Sandy Hook families, and countless Newtown residents, government officials, and media outlets. The children are said to have never existed or to be living in an elaborate witness-­protection program.


Conspiracy theories run deep in the American consciousness — 61 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone — but a mass shooting had never drawn the conspiratorial attention that Sandy Hook did. The modern internet is partly to blame, with hours of uploaded cable-news coverage and reams of documents to parse for circumstantial evidence.


The internet also made it easier to reach victims, and the Pozners became an early target for hoaxers. Veronique, who is a nurse, joined several parents in channeling her grief into vocal gun-control advocacy. One early conspiracy theory held that she was actually a Swiss diplomat named Veronique Haller, who once attended a United Nations arms-control summit. (Veronique is Swiss, and her maiden name is Haller.) Hoaxers quickly scoured family photos on Veronique’s online accounts and began dissecting them for odd shadows or strange poses, suggesting that she had been inserted into the family via Photoshop.


Lenny may have been the first Newtown parent to discover that conspiracy theorists didn’t believe his son had been killed, because he used to be a serious conspiracy theorist himself. “I probably listened to an Alex Jones podcast after I dropped the kids off at school that morning,” Pozner said, referencing the fearmongering proprietor of InfoWars. Pozner had entertained everything from specific cover-ups (the moon landing was faked) to geopolitical intrigue (the “real” reasons why the price of gold sometimes shifted so dramatically) and saw value in skepticism. But for him, the appeal of conspiracy theories was the same as watching a good science-fiction movie. “I have an imaginative mind,” he said.


When he first discovered the theories about Noah, Lenny, who grew up in Brooklyn, made only a halfhearted attempt to respond. “I feel that your type of show created these hateful people,” Pozner wrote in an email to Alex Jones, to which one of Jones’s employees replied that Jones would love to speak to him if “we confirm that you are the real Lenny Pozner.” Pozner declined, in part because he found himself unable to do much of anything.


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