Parents of a 6-year-old Sandy Hook victim say Alex Jones has made life a 'living hell'
Often speaking directly to InfoWars host Alex Jones, the mother of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School testified Tuesday
Often speaking directly to InfoWars host Alex Jones, the mother of a 6-year-old killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School testified Tuesday that the right-wing conspiracy theorist’s lies that the attack was a hoax have left her in fear for her life and compounded her grief.
“Having a 6-year-old son shot in front of his classroom is unbearable and you don’t think you’re going to survive and then to have someone on top of that perpetuate a lie that it was a hoax, that it was a false flag,” Scarlett Lewis said during her testimony. “I don’t think you understand the fear you perpetuate, not just to the victim’s family but to our family, our friends and any survivor from that school.”
Jesse Lewis, along with 19 of his first-grade classmates and six educators, was killed after a gunman entered their school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.
Lewis and Jesse’s father, Neil Heslin, are among several Sandy Hook families that have filed lawsuits against Jones arguing that his statements that the attack was a hoax have led to years of abuse from his followers. The parents, both of whom testified Tuesday, have asked that Jones pay $150 million for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, testifies Tuesday at the Alex Jones trial in Austin, Texas.Briana Sanchez / Pool/Austin American-Statesman via AP“The ripple effect is enormous because of the platform that you have. And the fear that comes from that stops the healing and the mourning process,” Lewis said to Jones during her testimony.