Newtown Hero Who Helped Sandy Hook Students After Shooting Grossly Attacked by Sickos (VIDEO)

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gene rosenWhen I read that Gene Rosen had taken in six children who had escaped the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary, I was a little worried for him. He brought the children into his home, listened to their stories, handed them stuffed animals, and tried to contact their parents. I was afraid a few misguided people would accuse him of being "inappropriate" with children. After all, aren't we always telling our kids not to enter a stranger's home? But these were extraordinary circumstances. And if my child had been in that semi-circle of children, I would have wanted an adult to shelter him just as Gene did.

It turns out there has been a backlash against Rosen. But it's far worse and far weirder than what I'd feared.

You may have heard about the cruel Sandy Hook "Truther" movement. These are people who believe in a conspiracy theory that the heartbreaking attacks did not actually happen. It's hard to believe that anyone could entertain such a sick notion. But it's a big country with a surprisingly large number of sick and gullible people.

Because Gene Rosen was willing to speak publicly about the events in Newtown, he's become a target of the "Truther's" bullying. And it's caused the retired psychologist emotional distress.

I don’t know what to do. I’m getting hang up calls, I’m getting some 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’?

A photo of Rosen's house has been posted online. There are growing numbers of videos and blog posts claiming to expose his "fraud." The harassment has gotten so bad, Rosen admits he's starting to feel emotions he'd long manged to avoid feeling -- like rage.

And I am rageful about it, both for the children and for the mother of the child who came to my house looking for her son and I wanted to look at this guy [a man at a restaurant who claimed the shooting was a hoax] and I wanted to just fucking decimate him. That’s my rage.

It's shocking to hear someone talk like this, but it also says a lot about how he must be feeling right now. As if the trauma of the event itself hasn't been difficult enough for him -- now he's being harassed? For sheltering terrorized children?!? It's just so fucking sad that there are Americans so devoted to their insane conspiracy theories and their political agenda that they totally lose all sense of compassion.

One horrifying day of violence is rippling out into countless smaller acts of cruelty. How heartbreaking to see this tragedy bringing out the worst in some of us. Fortunately, Rosen is also hearing from sane people who thank him for sheltering the children. I think in the months ahead, the rest of us just need to work harder to make sure our words and acts of compassion ring out louder.

Are you surprised that people are harassing Gene Rosen, or did you see that coming?


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nonmember avatar MO Mom

I agree completely, Adriana. Innocent people died. It wasn't a publicity stunt for God's sake. Anyone who thinks so is sick.

nonmember avatar Observer

I saw this man on CNN the day after. I cried when he cried. I will gladly decimate anyone who is harassing him and calling him a fraud. There was no lying in him. He is a hero.

Helen Pagano

Gene Rosen's story struck me as so much baloney when I heard him tell it on TV and I'm not surprised to hear that other people think it was baloney, too. For one thing, the kids only told him what had been reported in the media already. That's fishy right there.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

Unfortunately I'm not surprised in the least. There's a lot of crazy ass people with conspiracy theories in the world. I do however find it incredibly sad.

nonmember avatar Todd Vrancic

I hope these "Sandy Hook truthers" spout this nonsense in front of one of the cops that responded that day, hopefully while his superiors are examining the suspicious cloud formations as the brave man gives them exactly the treatment they deserve. Or maybe they should just stop hiding behind cowardly devices such as anonymous hang-up call and anonymous letters and let this man get his hands on them.

wamom223 wamom223

Helen even if it is fishy to you it doesn't mean you are right.  People are attacking this man for something they think not that they know and that isn't okay.  This is harassment and I hope the police look into this and people are held responsible.  If nothing else we need to remember that bad things happen in this world and do we really want to send the message that if you help protect our children we will turn our backs on you?  I think the parents of those children should speak out for him.

Carol... Carol_H79

It is so sad that anyone would believe that the shootings were a publicity stunt and didn't really happen.

tuffy... tuffymama

This poor man. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.

Mommi... MommietoJB

Its sick how our world is so corroded from the inside-out that we cannot feel compassion or empathy for others.

nonmember avatar Michelle

I do not think he should be attacked. However, he has had two different stories, to one reporter he said the parents came to the house to pick them up in another interview he said he brought the kids to the firehouse to be reunited with their parents. Which one is it? Then he said a mom came to his house that night looking for her son he asked her sons name and said he saw on the victim list that her son was on it, how could that be when the parents of the victims weren't notified until after 10pm that night and the list of names wasn't released until days later. Again, I don't think they should harass him I just wonder why he would change his story or make something up.

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