On this week’s edition of Real Politik James speaks with Wolfgang Halbig, a former Florida State Trooper and school safety consultant. The two discuss Halbig’s continuing investigation of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre event.
Mr. Halbig has probed the Newtown shooting for over two years. During this time he has been repeatedly stonewalled by Newtown and Connecticut state authorities in FOI requests for documentation proving the event in fact took place as it has been reported in mainstream press accounts.
Halbig’s forthcoming meeting with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission to settle his numerous outstanding FOI requests is scheduled for April 24, 2015. His website is sandyhookjustice.com
Halbig became interested in looking more closely at the Sandy Hook massacre because of his activities as a school safety consultant.
I just got through doing a workshop for the Florida School Board Association over in Tampa. You’re talking about 200 people school board members who do not want a Sandy Hook in their backyard. That’s all they wanted to talk about. I showed them the video on active shooter response, what they can see, how it unfolds, what they need to prepare for, how they should train their administrators, teachers, and support staff, and custodial staff and cafeteria workers. I went through the whole gamut and we kept coming back to one issue: Sandy Hook. “What can we do? What kind of security system do we need to have? What do we need to do?” And I’ve gotta tell you. I didn’t have the answers. I was stunned because I think, we have never seen the truth come out of Sandy Hook. We don’t know the real story. And that’s just sort of what got me involved.
And then, I noticed, no trauma helicopters? I mean, come on. I’ve been a state trooper. I watched everyday vehicle accidents, heart attacks, we got helicopters in there in a heartbeat. When you don’t see trauma helicopters, and when you hear that paramedics were never allowed inside that school. My god, somebody is outright negligent. And my goal was to find out who that incident commander is or was that refused to pick up the phone to call that trauma helicopter up in Hartford Connecticut … I called the Life Star helicopter, which is the trauma helicopter in Hartford. I talked to the executive director–she’s a woman. She said they were surprised just as much as I was that they never received a phone call. That started this whole thing for me.
Among the documentation Wolfgang Halbig has requested from Newtown officials is information pertaining to the travel of over two dozen Sandy Hook school children’s to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans, where they performed in the pre-game festivities with singer Jennifer Hudson. “I had to put on my school administrator hat,” Halbig begins.
You have to look at school board policy. I went back and I said, “Well, first of all, how were those children on February 3, 2013 introduced at the Super Bowl?” They were introduced as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir. Well, what does that mean to me and your listening audience? It means that they’re representing the Newtown public schools. They’re representing their community. So now let’s go kick in to the school policy, under “musical groups” or “performances,” that is an out of state field trip. And when you read the policy it says that it has to start with the school principal requesting permission from the superintendent for allowing them to travel and perform at the NFL Super Bowl in New Orleans.
So one of the questions is, Can I get a copy of that letter requesting permission, which is logical. And then, as we all know, when parents allow their children to go on field trips, every parent has to fill out a field trip permission form. I mean, that’s just the law. That’s just legal procedures in the event somebody might get injured. They have to fill out a legal release in case somebody gets injured on the trip. I wanted a copy of the in-line duty leave form for the chorus director that was conducting those 26 children with Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl. [Also], when you have a field trip it goes to the superintendent, who then either approves it or denies it. He has to place it on the school board agenda, and it’s only then that the school board members can approve that out-of-state field trip. As of this day, I can’t find that field trip ever being approved.
Some readers will recall Jonathan Reich, the 21-year-old YouTube researcher who was arrested in 2013 for contacting Connecticut state coroner H. Wayne Carver II, and who Halbig became acquainted with during Reich’s court-related travails. Reich called Carver at his residence in Connecticut, and Carver proceeded to file charges with local law enforcement. “To this day,” Halbig points out, “Jonathan does not have a copy of Dr. Wayne Carver’s official complaint form. Now, you remember, when somebody has phone harassment–let’s say somebody is harassing you with phone calls. You’re going to call the police department, right? The police department is going to come to your house and say, ‘OK, what is it?’ They’re going to hand you a form that you’ve got to fill out. Then the police department is going to take your form and they’re going to write a police report, and they’re going to submit it to the state attorney. Jonathan Reich to this day has not been given Carver’s complaint statement. He’s not been given a copy of the police statement that was submitted to the state attorney in which a warrant was issued. He has no documents and no records. But what he does have is a $64,000 attorney bill.”