Noah was the youngest Sandy Hook victim. To this day, his dad receives death threats.

Leonard Pozner moves house a lot.

Sometimes, he says, he needs a ‘new start’. Other times, it’s because a picture of his home has been shared on the Internet. When that happens, the messages he so regularly receives – such as: “death is coming to you real soon and there’s nothing you can do about it” – seem much more real.

Leonard’s six-year-old son Noah was the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook massacre in the US in 2012. He was in the wrong classroom the morning Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children as well as six adult staff members.

The 20-year-old murderer planned to move to the next classroom and the next – Noah’s two sisters would have been victims, too – but when police arrived Lanza shot himself in suicide.

Now, Leonard and his ex-wife – they are separated but remain close to raise their two daughters – are fighting, not only through their grief, but against the haters.

“I never imagined I’d have to fight for my child’s legacy. I never imagined life without any of the children at all,” Leonard told The Guardian

The haters call themselves the “Sandy Hook Truthers”.

They believe the massacre was staged to create hysteria around gun laws. That no one really died and the people involved were all actors – employed by the Obama administration or anti-gun lobbyists.

Against social images of young victims like Noah, these “Truthers” will comment “Fake kid”, “Didn’t die” and “Fucking liar”.

They harbour violent hate and resentment for the families of the small children they say never died. They believe people like Leondard are part of the conspiracy.

“History books will refer to this period as a time of mass delusion,” Leonard said. “We thought the internet would bring all these wonderful things, such as research, medicine, science, an accelerated society of good. But all we did was hold up a mirror to society and we saw how angry, sick and hateful humans can be.”


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Except for moving house regularly, Leonard is working tirelessly to take down the people who deny Noah’s death, his existence even.

He’s suing the trolls for copyright when they use images of his son without permission. He sues for invasion of privacy, when they post images of his home on the internet. He reports the death threats to police. And, in 2015, he petitioned a Florida university to fire a professor for hoaxing.

Leonard is also the founder of the HONR Network, which supports victims of tragedy when they’re faced with online abuse.

“It’s taxing and draining, and I don’t think there’s a healing aspect to being drained this way,” Leonard told The Guardian.

“Maybe [I do this] because I was bullied when I was younger, so I have a low tolerance to being pushed around.”

Noah didn’t want to go to school, the morning of December 14 in 2012.

“I said to him: ‘Come on, Noah, we gotta get moving’,” Leonard told The Guardian. The six-year-old was wearing a Batman shirt and Spider Man sneakers.

“[When he got out of the car] I said: ‘I love you, have a great day’ and that was the last thing I ever said to him,” Leonard said.

“Not even Batman could have stopped an AR-15.”

Surely this family’s gone through enough?