Newtown Nice Guys Finish Last
That same morning, 69-year-old retired psychologist Gene Rosen was feeding his cats and noticed six small children “sitting in a neat semicircle” in his driveway. A school bus driver was also there and when Rosen approached, he could hear the driver comforting the children and telling them that everything would be okay.
That’s when Rosen heard about the shooting from one of the young boys. “We can’t go back to school,” the boy told him. “Our teacher is dead.”
Their teacher was Victoria Soto, one of the adults killed in the massacre. And Rosen could tell that her students had been traumatized. So he took the four girls and two boys inside, gave them so toys to play with, comforted them as best he could and started contacting their parents.
Rosen also made the mistake of sharing his story with the news media, and his life has been a nightmare ever since.
For whatever reason, Rosen has been flooded with phone calls and emails, most of which have been hostile and accusatory. Apparently there are people who think the Sandy Hook massacre was staged in a political move to bring gun control back into the national conversation. Some of them even believe that Rosen is an actor who was paid to play the role of sympathetic grandfather figure.
“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” Rosen said recently. “I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children. I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”
Here’s a little sample of one of the “conspiracy” emails that Rosen received: “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 government sponsored hoax anyway?”
I must say that this and the other “hate mail/calls” that Rosen has been subjected to are incredibly disturbing, but I’m not surprised. What does surprise me is that people think Rosen was involved at all.
Pretend for a moment that this was a staged attack and that people were enlisted to help with the ruse. Aside from sharing a heartwarming story with the media that could gain sympathy for stricter gun legislation, which is a stretch, mind you, how might a retiree helping some children further the cause? Would this role really be that important in maintaining the facade?
People never cease to amaze me. And this story convinces me further that nice guys do indeed finish last. As if I needed more convincing…
Posted on January 16, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged Child, commentary, conspiracy, crime, current-events, murder, news, Newtown Connecticut, perspectives, Rosen, Sandy Hook, School shooting. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.