James Tracy had suggested that the 2012 massacre was a hoax
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The family of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting commended Florida Atlantic University for taking “swift, definitive action” and firing of Professor James Tracy, who had questioned whether the Sandy Hook killings were real or a hoax.

Tracy, who teaches communications and mass media, was fired on Tuesday night, according to a statement by the Boca Raton school.

“We are glad that Florida Atlantic took swift, definitive action against Professor Tracy. There are consequences for such remorseless hostility,” the Pozner family said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“The First Amendment is not a universal safe harbor for blatant lies and disgusting attacks,” the statement continued.

“We hope this sends a strong message to other conspiracy theorists that Sandy Hook and other mass shootings actually happened and that many people, including our little boy, Noah, have lost their lives in those shootings.”

In their statement, the Pozner’s state that Lenny founded the HONR.COM website “to raise public awareness of the cruelty and criminality of Hoaxer activity.”

Tracy has openly suggested that recent mass shootings have all been hoaxes designed by President Obama’s administration to push for gun control.

In 2013, he accused the Pozner family of fabricating the existence of their son, Noah, 6, who was the youngest victim of Sandy Hook – demanding proof of his existence.

Later that same year, the family wrote an op-ed for the Sun Sentinal,, saying, “Tracy is among those who have personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish,” they write.

The op-ed added, “Tracy even sent us a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that we were his parents, and that we were the rightful owner of his photographic image.”

The family filed a police report against Tracy for harassment.

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On his blog, Tracy has explained his theory for how mass shootings like the 2013 Washington Navy Yard and this year’s San Bernardino were the work of the Obama administration.

Tracy has not commented publicly since his firing.

With reporting by LIZ McNEIL