The creator of the two Sandy Hook hoax videos that went viral over recent weeks has offered insight into why the videos were made and why it is important that questions are asked in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings by Adam Lanza.
The videos have received millions of views and have strongly divided opinion between those who believe that questions can and should be asked, and those who believe asking such questions are absurd and insensitive to those affected by the tragedy.
The creator recently spoke via email to new website Gawker to answer some questions.
The creators have asked to remain anonymous "due to the sensitivity of the channel and my concern for my security," and are still only unveiled by the YouTube chanel "ThinkOutsideTheTV" (TOTV).
Speaking to Gawker, TOTV explained: "[I]t all started when me and my friends used to research 9/11 in high school. That's what really got me started when it came to researching government cover ups [...] Once I learned about all the false flag attacks in history that have been proven to be true, I knew it was only a matter of time before another came a long."
TOTV added: "When Sandy Hook first happened i just had a feeling like it was all too perfect.
“I just had this feeling deep down that these people and the whole town had this artificial vibe about them."
TOTV explained, "I never intended to expose who was behind it because I dont know, and I could be wrong. But history repeats itself and i'm really glad people are waking up to it. [...] People seem to mistake my video for exploitation of victims and children and that is totally wrong."
TOTV added, "As I said in the beginning of the video, we in no way claim this shooting did not take place and our hearts go out to anyone affected by the tragedy, weather one person was responsible or another."
The two controversial videos asked many questions about the responses to the tragedy; from emergency services to families of victims, and from coroner announcements to news reports and fundraising websites. Various discrepancies in stories and facts are highlighted, and although the videos do not expose any specific conspiracy per se, it asks numerous questions and asks viewers to find out more for themselves through research.
Both videos question why there was no extensive coverage of the hundreds of children being evacuated from the school that day, hardly any photos or video footage of the chaos after the massacre. Instead, the video suggests, the scene was way too calm and seemed almost as if it was staged.
The description uploaded to the second video reads: "This is the sequel to the viral monster "Sandy Hook - Fully Exposed". We will admit it was not as polished as we would have liked. We never thought it would go viral and since the time it was made, some points have been debunked. That does not mean there is not still a ton of evidence and information not only in this video, but in future videos. Try to put a negative spin on this media!"
The video asks: "With almost everyone owning a camera phone, and with everyone sharing pictures and video, where are all the clips and pictures of 600 children being evacuated and the chaos that went on all day? There should be at least a handful."
Both videos also highlight the Parker family, who reportedly lost first grader Emilie Parker in the shootings.
The conspiracy theory videos show footage of Emilie Parker's father smiling prior to giving a public statement after the tragedy. As the official statement begins the father starts breathing deeply and quickly and as he starts to speak his voice wavers as his face takes on a more distressed look. The video makers then highlight a comment by "David, Professional Screen Actor," who states: "I can tell you as an actor, and most actors will agree with me, that is exactly how we would get into an emotional scene."
The makers have promised that more videos will be coming out in the near future.
Here is a video of the new second Sandy Hook hoax conspiracy theory video:
Here is a video of the first Sandy Hook hoax video that has received more than 11 million views: