After years of being the objects of hate, based on conspiracy theories spread by people like Alex Jones on programs like Info Wars, some of the parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims fought back, by filing a defamation lawsuit against Jones.
The primary conspiracies involved claims that no mass shooting occurred at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, the parents and children were all "crisis actors" and no one died. Because of the repeated telling of these false claims, people who believed them targeted the surviving students and the families of the victims.
The Info Wars host responded to the defamation lawsuit on his program Wednesday. Jones claims he and his family are the real victims.
"You’re allowed to question things in America, that’s not defamation,” Jones stated.
But what is defamation is to file lawsuits that say I said things I didn’t say and then put me and my whole family through the ringer and lie about us and hold us up against dead children and say basically ‘we hate their families, we hate the children.' It’s almost like I’ve murdered the children and that’s not what happened.”
Neil Heslin, the father of 6 year old victim Jesse Heslin, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, parents of 6 year old son Noah, filed suit against Jones for $1 million. The suits cite Jones' conspiracy theories and “vicious lies” about the 2012 murders of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In his response Wednesday, Jones denied he ever believed the shooting was faked or that 20 children were not killed. Jones claims he merely "questioned" it.
Others have a drastically different view from Jones however.
@Newsweek No you just lied about the children ever existing— Zachariah Gehlert (@Zachariah Gehlert) 1524146323.0