First, they lost their children. Then, the conspiracies started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back.

First, they lost their children. Then, the conspiracies started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back.

It was just weeks after 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School when Lenny Pozner first saw people speculating online that the rampage had been staged, with crisis actors responding to a fake attack.

His 6-year-old son, Noah Pozner, who had gone to school that morning in a Batman sweatshirt, was one of the 20 children killed in Newton, Conn.

Journalist - Susan Svrluga

The recent court victory against the Sandy Hook deniers has a Saintly City connection

The recent court victory against the Sandy Hook deniers has a Saintly City connection

You are the father of the youngest victim of the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut — the worst school-related massacre of its kind in American history.

It was a day when the dad, Lenny Pozner, dropped off three of his kids at school and went home with just two of them. The other was transported in a body bag to the city morgue. Let that sink in for a moment.

But you did not get enough time to grieve. Soon after you buried your son, a small but extremely active group of demented and delusional conspiracy theory souls opined the incident was faked and part of a government and multi-layered liberal conspiracy to attack the Second Amendment.

Journalist - Ruben Rosario

Lenny Pozner, Sandy Hook Victim’s Father, Wins Defamation Suit Against Publishers Which Claimed Shooting Was Faked

Lenny Pozner, Sandy Hook Victim’s Father, Wins Defamation Suit Against Publishers Which Claimed Shooting Was Faked

Lenny Pozner, the father of a child murdered in the 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, won a defamation lawsuit Monday against the publishers of a book who said the tragedy never occurred.

A Wisconsin judge ruled in favor of Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was among the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

Journalist - Pablo Mena

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Gnats Finally Face Justice

Sandy Hook Conspiracy Gnats Finally Face Justice

In a world plagued by human monsters like the shooter who killed 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School, James Fetzer and Mike Palecek might more accurately be described as gnats. Or maybe mosquitoes.

These two “authors” wrote a book titled “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook,” pushing that putrid conspiracy theory. They alleged, as their fellow insects have, that the Dec. 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown, Conn., never happened. They claimed it was staged to promote gun control, that the children were actors who didn’t actually die, that their grieving parents are unrelated stand-ins perpetuating the hoax.

Journalist - Kevin McDermott

Father of Sandy Hook Victim Wins Defamation Lawsuit

Father of Sandy Hook Victim Wins Defamation Lawsuit

A lawsuit recently settled between the father of a Sandy Hook School shooting victim and a publishing company that claimed the attack never happened. A defamation suit came to a close earlier this week when a Wisconsin judge sided with Lenny Pozner, the father of a 6-year-old boy killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The suit was originally filed against Moon Rock Books, “the publishers of the book that claimed the 2012 massacre never happened.” Pozner’s son, Noah, was one of the 26 people who died during the shooting.

Journalist - Brianna Smith

2 legal wins for Sandy Hook parents in battles against conspiracy theorists

2 legal wins for Sandy Hook parents in battles against conspiracy theorists

The deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 rocked the country and devastated parents both in the small Connecticut community where it happened and across the country. The parents of the victims have repeatedly tried to fight back against those who have made various unfounded claims about the tragedy, and one parent got a win in court this week.

Journalist - Meghan Keneally

Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.

Journalist - Pat Eaton-Robb

Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Wins Defamation Suit Against Authors Of Conspiracy Theory Book

Father Of Sandy Hook Victim Wins Defamation Suit Against Authors Of Conspiracy Theory Book

Lenny Pozner has faced harassment for years from conspiracy theorists who think the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax. A man whose son was killed during the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School emerged victorious this week from a legal battle with conspiracy theorists who adamantly claim the massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 20 first-graders and six school employees, never happened.

Journalist - Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Father of Sandy Hook massacre victim wins defamation lawsuit

Father of Sandy Hook massacre victim wins defamation lawsuit

The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened; the latest victory for victims’ relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.

The book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, has also been pulled from shelves to settle claims against its publisher filed by Lenny Pozner, whose six-year-old son, Noah, was killed in the shooting.

"Nobody Died at Sandy Hook" publisher apologizes to dad of murdered boy

 "Nobody Died at Sandy Hook" publisher apologizes to dad of murdered boy

The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.

Father of Sandy Hook Victim Uses DNA, Death Certificate to Win Defamation Suit Against ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook’ Book Authors

Father of Sandy Hook Victim Uses DNA, Death Certificate to Win Defamation Suit Against ‘Nobody Died at Sandy Hook’ Book Authors

Lenny Pozner, the father of a 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim, has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of the book, “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook.”

Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington, in Wisconsin, issued a summary judgement Monday that the book’s authors, James Fetzer and Mike Palecek, had defamed Pozner. One of their book’s false claims was that the death certificate for Pozner’s son, Noah, had been faked. A trial has been set for October to decide damages.

Journalist - Margeaux Sippell

Sandy Hook Families Put Slanderers on the Defensive

Sandy Hook Families Put Slanderers on the Defensive

The father of a victim of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has won a defamation trial against the authors of a book according to which the killing never happened and that it was all a farce. It is the most recent victory for the families of the victims, who have taken a more proactive stance against the defenders of conspiracy theories…

Sandy Hook Victim's Father Wins Defamation Suit; Alex Jones Sanctioned

Sandy Hook Victim's Father Wins Defamation Suit; Alex Jones Sanctioned

Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son was killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been battling against conspiracy theorists for years, and on Tuesday he scored a victory against deniers who claim that the shooting that left 20 first-graders dead never happened.

A Wisconsin judge issued a summary judgment in favor of Pozner in a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book called Nobody Died at Sandy Hook, a 400-page book purporting a series of false claims, including ideas that the mass shooting was a FEMA drill to promote gun control and that the grieving father had fabricated his son Noah's death certificate, which is a crime in Connecticut.

Journalist - Vanessa Romo

Fake News Victims Meet with Twitter and Facebook

Fake News Victims Meet with Twitter and Facebook

On paper, they would seem to have little in common. Tun Khin is a human rights activist who advocates for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in his home country of Myanmar. Jessikka Aro is a Finnish journalist who exposed the international influence of Russian propagandists at the Internet Research Agency long before the rest of the world had ever heard of them. Lenny Pozner is an American father who lost his 6-year-old son, Noah, in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Ethan Lindenberger is almost a kid himself, a high school student who’s become a vaccination proponent despite his parents’ anti-vaccination beliefs….

Journalist - Issie Lapowsky