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‘Living hell’: Sandy Hook parents testify against conspiracy theorist

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Sandy Hook parents describe ‘living hell’ caused by conspiracy theorist who claims the mass shooting was a hoax

In 2012, a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 28 people, most of who were children. The shooting brought America to its knees and remains one the deadliest school shootings in American history.

The horrific event caused unbearable and unthinkable pain for families of the victims. Now, the parents of a six year old boy who was killed have taken to the stand.

Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis are testifying against conspiracy theorist and far-right radio host, Alex Jones, who claims the entire shooting was a hoax.

They told the jury that Jones put them through ‘living hell’ with his some of his supporters shooting at their house and making continuous death threats.

Heslin says Jones’ media organisation “tarnished the honor and legacy” of his son. He continued saying he couldn’t “even begin to describe the last nine-and-a-half years of hell” caused by Jones.

“There’s got to be a strong deterrent that shall prevent him from peddling this propaganda…To restore my credibility, my reputation, and Jesse’s legacy that he so much deserves.”

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Neil Heslin, Sandy Hook parent
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The parents are claiming $150 million in damages, for the trauma that have endured by Jones and his accusations.

“I am a mother first and foremost and I know you are a father. My son existed…I am not deep state… I know you know that… And yet you’re going to leave this courthouse and say it again on your show.”

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Scarlett Lewis, Sandy Hook parent
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Jones however, claims he never “intended to hurt anyone” and says he didn’t know who the parents were until recently.

Alex Jones, Infowars radio host
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It comes at a time when conspiracy theorists are more prevalent and powerful than ever.

Many far-right groups across the world are infiltrating and challenging key issues. However, far too often the ideology of the organisations turns to violence.

This has been seen more recently during the storming of the Capitol building, where many right-wing militia turned to violence to portray their views and beliefs.

The defamation trial against Alex Jones continues.

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Amazon Prime’s ‘The Boys’ Season 4 will explore contemporary political polarisation

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Show creator Eric Kripke hints at a narrative that will not shy away from uncomfortable truths, promising a season that challenges viewers to confront their own beliefs and biases.

Known for its bold satire and unflinching critique of societal issues, the series seems poised to dissect the current climate of division with its trademark blend of dark humour and gritty realism, as reported by Reuters.

Director/Filmmaker Rob Fantozzi unpacks the latest from The Boys and beyond in the entrainment world. #featured

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Tesla shareholders approve historic $56B Elon Musk pay package

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Tesla shareholders have voted to approve Elon Musk’s unprecedented $56 billion compensation package, underscoring their confidence in his leadership and vision for the electric car company.

The package, which is tied to ambitious performance targets, includes a mix of stock options and bonuses contingent upon Tesla’s financial and operational milestones over the next decade.

As reported by Reuters, the approval underscores the support that Musk enjoys from Tesla’s retail investor base, many of whom are vocal fans of the mercurial billionaire.

The proposal passed despite opposition from some large institutional investors and proxy firms.

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The secret aspect of exercise and trauma release

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Recent studies have shed new light on the profound impact sedentary behavior is having on mental health.

A meta-analysis revealed a strong correlation between increased sitting time and higher rates of depression.

Now, many experts believe that movement and exercise are not only beneficial for mental health but also play a crucial role in trauma release.

Jenni Crumpton Ross, the President and CEO of Kula for Karma joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

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