Tampa Lawmaker's Aide Fired After Claiming Parkland Students Are Actors

Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors 'actors'

Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors 'actors'

When the Tampa Bay reporter asked for proof, the House aide sent a follow-up email claiming the same student who appeared on CNN, David Hogg, was in another state hundreds of miles away.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have in recent days spoken out in favor of legislation to curb gun violence.

Less than an hour later, Kelly announced that he has been fired.

"I meant no disrespect to the students or parents of Parkland", Kelly also tweeted.

"I made a mistake whereas I tried to inform a reporter of information relating to his story regarding a school shooting", said the now-deleted tweet by Kelly.

The two students featured in the image at the top of Leary's story are survivors Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg - both of whom have been conspicuous in the media as advocates for stricter gun laws.

Shawn Harrison said he was "appalled" by the comments made by his district secretary, Benjamin Kelly, earlier in the day and supported a decision to have him terminated.

After being contacted about the slur, Senator Harrison said: 'If my aide disparaged a student from Parkland who is grieving than I will deal most strongly with my aide.

Additionally, the right-wing website Gateway Pundit ran a piece saying student David Hogg was "coached" by his father, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. "(I guess he transferred?)", Kelly said in the correspondence, according to the newspaper.

After his firing, Kelly tweeted: "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free". But the conspiracy theories go far beyond Harrison's office, the New York Times reports.

Hogg called the conspiracy theories about himself and his fellow classmates "immature, rude and inhuman".

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

Broward County Schools superintendent Robert Runcie even vouched for the kids during an interview with the Times on Tuesday evening. 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.

"Claiming some of the students on TV after #Parkland are actors is the work of a disgusting group of idiots with no sense of decency", Rubio said.

Alex Jones' InfoWars dug up an old clip of Hogg on the Miami CBS affiliate, WFOR, talking about a fight between two friends, saying there are "questions swirling" about Hogg.

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