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Debunking the Latest Sandy Hook Hoax Conspiracy Theories

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As the first on scene, Kullgren and Chapman practiced a proper police procedure by not driving directly up to the front door of SHES. For those who might disagree, consider this: " Police cruisers are easy targets that pin the driver into a fixed location behind the wheel." wrote 32 year police veteran Brian McKenna in a 2011 article for Law Officer Magazine. "As a result they often draw hostile gunfire like a magnet. With this in mind, approach the scene along a route that allows you to remain out of sight as long as possible, and stop before you enter the hot zone. Pick a location with a building or other suitable item of cover between you and the gunman's location, and then complete your approach on foot, using cover as you move."

Other officers that arrived behind Kullgren and Chapman were then clear to drive much closer to the school.

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Whitney's claim that paramedics were "refused entrance" is yet another inaccuracy. Book 6 of the CSP SHES Shooting Reports contains several documents and sworn statements clearly showing that two Newtown ambulances, consisting of a paramedic and two EMTs each, were dispatched in less than 10 minutes after the initial call of shots fired was phoned in. Those personnel--paramedics R. Velleteri and Bradley and EMTs Burke, Folan, Lerman and L. Velleteri--ultimately provided advanced life support to the two injured children and basic life support to an injured adult both at the scene and en route to the hospital. The report also identifies three medically trained Connecticut State Troopers among the first responders to arrive at the school. Two, Sgt. Cario and Trooper Dragon, were EMTs and another, William Blumenthal, was a registered nurse.

Four people were transported to the hospital by ambulance and the rest were found dead. Paramedic Matthew Cassevechia and two tactical paramedics, John Reed and Bernie Meehan, made the legal presumptions of death under the direction of Dr. Pat Broderick of the Danbury Hospital and they did this by using proper SMART [Simple Medical Assessment And Rapid Treatment] protocols and after performing four separate assessments on each patient.

Though it is true that the staging of ambulances was at the nearby Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department, this by no means contrary to proper emergency protocol. There's an abundance of credentialed sources that will verify that ambulances are never allowed to respond directly into an in-progress active-shooter scene, commonly referred to as the "hot zone." Here's one:

"Active-shooter incidents rarely go from hot zone to cold zone quickly," wrote FBI Tactical Paramedic Jim Morrissey in a 2011 article for EMS [Emergency Medical Services] World Magazine. "Law enforcement officers know it is their responsibility to get into the crisis site quickly to distract, engage and hopefully eliminate the threat. EMS, on the other hand, is still waiting for the 'all clear' and may be staged for minutes or hours, not willing, able or allowed to get in and start saving lives."

Whitney goes on to say, "aerial footage showed idling ambulances blocked-in by cars at the firehouse, something that would never transpire under typical emergency protocol procedures."

The aerial footage Whitney refers to was captured by Connecticut News Chopper 12 between 10:45a.m. and 11:00 a.m., well after the threat had been neutralized and the victims had either been transported out of SHES or declared dead.

During the critical moments, all roads leading to SHES were clear and unobstructed as can be verified by viewing the time-stamped dash cam footage from Trooper First Class (TFC) William Blumenthal, who arrived at SHES just shy of 10 a.m.

All Roads to SHES Were Clear During the Critical Momments
All Roads to SHES Were Clear During the Critical Momments
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Whitney goes on to make these two assertions: 1.) "Presumably, plenty of blood would have been shed in the school, but when asked who cleaned it up, the Board of Education declined to answer" and 2.) "Trauma helicopters were not sent to Sandy Hook. Life Star, the medical helicopter service at DanburyHospitalTraumaCenter, was never called."

As to Whitney's first, point, it is irrelevant if the Newtown Board of Education scoffed at a random question about cleaning up the blood because the answer has been readily available since late 2013. In Book 2/Document 00198985, we learn that 63 boxes of hazardous waste were removed from the school on January 4, 2013 and that the clean up began on December 31, 2012 by a certified Connecticut company, Clean Harbors.

Concerning trauma helicopters, there is no evidence to support Whitney's claim that they were "never called." Though it is true that they did not respond to the scene, it was obvious that ground transportation was deemed a more appropriate means.

Despite perceptions common among Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists, there is no fixed policy mandating the deployment of trauma helicopters to mass casualty incidents (MCI). In 2010, for instance, disgruntled employee Omar Thornton went on a rampage and killed 9 people and critically injured 2 others at a beer distribution plant in Manchester, Connecticut. "Victims were taken to HartfordHospital by ambulance," it was later reported in the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. "Life Star helicopter was standing by, but officials decided ambulances would be faster."

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Keith Johnson is a critic and debunker of conspiracy theories, particularly those pertaining to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. His work regularly appears in the Newtown Post-Examiner. For many years, Keith was a freelance (more...)

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