Florida shooting: Student David Hogg denies ‘actor’ claim

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A survivor of last week’s school shooting in Florida has denied claims he is an actor with an anti-gun agenda.

Speaking on CNN, student David Hogg said he was a witness.

Conspiracy theorists online have accused the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High of being paid actors who travel between the sites of mass shootings.  

A picture of Stoneman Douglas High School student David HoggAn aide to a Republican state representative has been fired for repeating the unsubstantiated claims.

David Hogg denounced the allegations on Tuesday night.

“I’m not a crisis actor,” David said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that.”

“I’m not acting on anybody’s behalf.”

What are the claims?

Conspiracy theorists’ unsubstantiated claims online are that some of the Florida shooting survivors are actually paid actors, who travel between sites of mass shootings to push an anti-gun agenda.

Similar theories circulated on social media after the Las Vegas shooting in October, the worst in modern US history.

An aide to a Florida state representative, Benjamin Kelly, sent an email to the Tampa Bay Times repeating those online claims about David Hogg and his fellow students.

Florida representative Shawn Harrison, whom Mr Kelly worked for, fired his former aide on Tuesday night and denounced his behaviour in a tweet.

Florida senator Marco Rubio also denounced the claims made against David and his fellow students, calling those who made them “disgusting idiots”.

Some theorists online even suggested David Hogg cannot be trusted because his father used to work for the FBI.

One post on Twitter had the headline “Outspoken Trump-Hating School Shooting Survivor is Son of FBI Agent; MSM Helps Prop Up Incompetent Bureau”, linking to a video in which David spoke in favour of tighter gun control.

Son of the US president Donald Trump Jr. was criticised for liking the tweet.

President Trump meanwhile signed an order to ban “bump stocks”, modifications on guns that increase the firing rate.

What did David Hogg say?

David Hogg and his fellow classmates have called for tighter gun control laws in the wake of the shooting, which left 17 of their teachers and fellow students dead.

In the interview, David denied wanting to repeal the second amendment, which allows Americans the right to bear arms.

He stated that Americans should have the right to own weapons, provided they are “not going to go out and commit these atrocities”.

“We have a right to live just as we have a right to bear arms,” he said.

David, a student journalist, interviewed his classmates as they hid from the Florida shooter.



11 thoughts on “Florida shooting: Student David Hogg denies ‘actor’ claim

  1. ” In the interview, David denied wanting to repeal the second amendment, which allows Americans the right to bear arms. ”

    The second article DOES NOT allow Americans the right to bear arms. It prohibits Government from interfering IN ANY WAY with our God-Given Right to protect ourselves and our nation from all criminals and enemies, Foreign or Domestic who would harm or enslave us.

    As to the brunt of the story, what do you expect the agent provocateur to say? “Oh well, I guess you got me; yes, I’m a crisis actor and gun control propaganda stooge”

  2. Several days ago, someone here posted the first interview with this guy from the front of the school. It was a live feed from Faux News or whatever, and I remember watching the female anchor asking him questions and his nodding in understanding…just like a seasoned pro of field reporting! His answers were calm and articulate. He had a message, a thought, and never segwayed away from it…staying on-track. He does NOT speak like any high school-aged kid I know, nor does he look the age. I commented that I didn’t know where to begin with all the things that just seemed wrong with the interview…and I’m happy to know my instincts are right. This guy is part of the team. Where is that info about him being in CA just a couple weeks prior to the shooting?

  3. I can spot a liar a mile away
    And he’s a liar

    Tell him to show where he gets his income
    And his w2’s
    Someone should be monitoring this guy for our side
    If the kid isn’t directly getting paid
    His dad is

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