Gene Rosen discovered six little children in his driveway one morning in December 2012. "We can't go back to school," one boy told Rosen. "Our teacher is dead." Rosen took them into his house, gave them food and toys to play with, and phoned their parents.
Since then, Rosen has received a torrent of anonymous phone calls and emails accusing him of lying, he told Salon. One email asked, "how are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the 'shooting.' What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov't sponsored hoax anyway?" Rosen has also been the subject of web pages and videos accusing him of fraud, and white supremacist blog posts attacking him as the "emotional Jewish guy."
He's being targeted by the Sandy Hook Truther movement, which "alleges that the entire shooting was a hoax of some kind," writes Alex Seitz-Wald in Salon. Many truthers believe that the massacre was faked - presumably by Democrats in government - in order to promote gun control.
"Sandy Hook Hoax" websites are thriving, and a truther video titled "The Sandy Hook Shooting: Fully Exposed" has been viewed over 6 million times on YouTube. The video purports to show evidence that the shooting never took place - the main evidence being that the Sandy Hook families seem "artificial" and insufficiently grief-stricken.