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Fla. lawmaker's aide fired after claiming Parkland student were actors

Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors 'actors' GOP Aide Claims Parkland School Shooting Survivors Are 'Crisis Actors'
Marlene Weaver | 22 February, 2018, 03:07

An aide to a Florida legislator was sacked Tuesday after claiming two survivors of a Florida high school shooting who spoke to CNN were not students, but instead "actors that travel to various crisis when they happen".

Kelly, the aide, was apparently responding to the featured image used by Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary in a story published Tuesday about conservative outrage in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The newspaper reported that after it asked for evidence for this allegation, the aide sent a YouTube conspiracy video targeting one of the students. "I am appalled at and strongly denounce his comments about the Parkland students", Harrison said in a statement posted on Twitter Tuesday night. But the article alleges that Hogg's statements have been coached by his father, an ex-FBI agent.

On Tuesday, a Florida lawmaker's aide was sacked after he made disparaging comments about both Hogg and Gonzalez, The Washington Post reported.

Two students who survived the Florida school shooting and spoke publicly about it are not "crisis actors", despite the claims of several conspiracy-oriented sites and an aide to a Florida lawmaker. The picture showed David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez speaking on CNN. Trump Jr. also liked a tweet by One America News (which has since been deleted) that claimed Hogg was a plant by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to Mediaite. "We'll never get beyond that if, as soon as you show up, you're demonized". We are KIDS who feared for our lives while someone shot up our school.

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"Politicians and, more importantly, the American public must take action if we're going to prevent the next shooting", he said.

Sheryl Acquarola, a 16 year-old junior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is overcome with emotion in the east gallery of the Florida House of Representatives after the representatives voted not to hear a bill banning assault rifles.

An hour later, Harrison sent out this tweet: "Tonight Mr. Kelly was terminated from his position as my District Secretary". If someone just has a different type of opinion, it seems that we want to somehow demonize them or color them as being somehow illegitimate instead of listening. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has come under scrutiny this week for failing to support gun control efforts, said the people pushing such conspiracy theories were a "disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency".

But Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie vouched for both students personally to the Times.

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