Let’s examine the Sandy Hook “Truthers” claim that there are no photos or video evidence of the children being evacuated. Well, first of all, that’s not true. There are some photos of children being evacuated. We’re all familiar the two photographs Shannon Hicks released. One depicts a line of children being led by Officer Van Ness; the other shows a group of different children being led by the same officer with a young man in a USA jacket in the foreground. There are also a few lesser known photos showing the children evacuate — one shows a line of children walking along the road and another shows the children at the fence line of the school. I’m having trouble finding them again now, but I’ll keep looking.
My point is that there are photos, but those aren’t enough to satisfy those who believe Sandy Hook was a conspiracy that there was actually an evacuation. There are also countless photos of children and parents leaving the scene together. It’s pretty reasonable to conclude that these children came from the school, but the logic of conspiracy theorists seems to be that we can’t be sure they were in the school unless we have proof they evacuated. (They think the children could have used a secret network of tunnels under the town to arrive at the firehouse that morning.)
The proponents of the hoax ignore all the published images of children, and instead focus on the helicopter footage which shows a noticeable lack of children at the school and in the back of the firehouse. Let’s look at why this is. The most obvious explanation would be the children were already evacuated when the helicopter arrived. Is there any evidence to support this claim? In Book 3 of the police report, there are two files that document the timeline of the evacuation.
These documents place the evacuations as occurring between 10:02 and 10:17, with a final group of cafeteria workers being evacuated at 10:20. Detective Van Ness arrived at the school around 10am, and was involved in the process of evacuating the children beginning at 10:02. According to this article in Time, Ms. Hicks was one of the first to arrive on scene, and snapped the her famous picture at 10:09. These different sources all collaborate that the evacuation took place between the window of 10:00 to 10:20. Now, the times recorded in the police documents are the times the children passed in front of the police cruiser. We can add the additional time it would take time to walk from the school to the firehouse. Sandy Hook hoaxers repeatedly refer to the distance between the school and the firehouse as 1/2 mile away, which is a deliberate exaggeration. Thanks to Google Maps, it’s pretty easy to calculate the distance between the locations. It’s .2 miles, or 1/5 of a mile. Google estimates it would take 5 minutes to complete the walk.
My reasoning puts even the cafeteria workers at the firehouse by 10:25.
One big question remains: What time did the helicopter arrive at the scene? I’m having a hard time pinning down an exact time. According to the website MediaBistro, http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/hartford-stations-cover-shooting-at-elementary-school_b73558, local Hartford stations broke in to programming between 10:26 and 10:30, with News 12 CT arriving on scene at 10:53, well after the children had been evacuated. It seems unlikely that the helicopter would have been on site before the stations broke in to programming with the news, especially given those first reports didn’t include aerial footage.
So, were the children simply safe and sound in the firehouse or on their way home before the helicopter arrived on scene? Or, were there no children to be evacuated, and an entire town and a few well paid actors came out to participate in a drill occurring at a non-functioning school to create the largest false flag in history?
Occam’s Razor is the principal that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one.