A Connecticut man stole a memorial sign for one of the 20 kids killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting and called the victim’s mother to taunt her, claiming the school shooting was a “hoax.”
The Connecticut Parks Department has set up memorial signs for the children killed that fateful day throughout the city. On Thursday, the sign at Grace McDonnell playground vanished. Worse, the man who claims to have the sign then called Grace’s mother and taunted her.
William Lavin, the man who has been spearheading the effort to dedicate playgrounds in honor of the shooting’s 26 victims, said the man told Grace’s mom that the December 2012 shooting was a “hoax.”
Lavin said “there’s still a lot of ignorance and evil out there that someone could do something like that. It’s sad there are ignorant people who have to show their hatred in a place that was built by a community that shared and expressed their love for the families in Newtown that witnessed evil.”
Just a week ago, graffiti was found on another victim’s sign.
The organization responsible for the signs has ordered two replacement signs, as well as graffiti boards to allow people to write their messages near the sign without defacing the memorials.
Following the Sandy Hook shootings, many conspiracy theorists believed that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a “false flag” operation that was staged by the government to open the door for much harsher gun control methods. Since the shooting, many states have cracked down on high-capacity magazines like those used in the incident.