College students believe stupid things. At one point in college, I believed every government responsibility should be privatized, including judicial systems. That's an impossibly stupid thing, and it's wonderful that I was not a football player with thousands of internet followers at the time.
Another stupid thing is this Sandy Hook conspiracy theory (the video's YouTube description: "Did This Shooting Really Happen Or This Just Ignorant & Wicked Media! You Be The Judge The Sandy Hook Shooting Exposed!") passed along by Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla:
If you have a half hour you should watch this and enlighten yourself.youtu.be/VrngdgUixYg— ..::⚡C⚡::.. (@ThaRealCL) March 21, 2013
In one of the video's worst moments, a father's hours-old grief is cast as phony:
I'll trust it's all debunked right here.
Said Oregon, via the Daily Emerald:
Twitter posts attributed to student-athlete Colt Lyerla concerning the tragedy at Sandy Hook are insensitive and offensive, especially those devastated by the shootings, and we have communicated as much to Colt. Though the University of Oregon Department of Athletics as well as the football program have social media expectations in place for our student-athletes, at times, personal opinions go well beyond what we expect from our students. The University of Oregon and Department of Athletics understand that our young men and women have a great deal of freedom of expression on social media but with that freedom comes responsibility. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the families of Sandy Hook.
Said Lyerla of the Daily Emerald, among his many other tweets on the subject:
The fact that @dailyemerald is covering this.. Is Sad. Society should be disappointed that this making news right now. RIDICULOUS— ..::⚡C⚡::.. (@ThaRealCL) March 21, 2013