(JNS.org) Gene Rosen, a Jewish man who found and sheltered six terrified children who had run away from the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, is being harassed by phone and email by conspiracy theorists who believe that the Newtown shooting was either faked or was set up for political gain.
The 69-year-old retired psychologist found the children in his driveway together with the school bus driver who had taken them away from the violence at the school. He took the children into his house and watched them until their parents and authorities arrived.
Now unknown individuals have set up social media accounts in Rosen’s name, and others have uploaded spoofs to YouTube of the now well-known video in which the sobbing Rosen describes what happened. “[The children] said, ‘What are we going to do for a teacher? Our teacher is dead," the distraught Rosen said in the video according to the Forward. One of these YouTube spoofs calls the clip an “audition tape” for Rosen’s TV debut.
“I don’t know what to do. I’m getting hang up calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, how much am I being paid,” Rosen said told Salon.com.