Father of Parkland student denounces conservative conspiracy theories

Students Kelsey Friend left and David Hogg speak last Thursday about the mass shooting at their school Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Fla

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, reportedly sent an email to the Tampa Bay Times' Washington Bureau Chief Alex Leary about the appearance of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, on CNN. President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., liked a tweet linking to a story suggesting Hogg was not a survivor of the attack.

While appearing on "Anderson Cooper 360" on Tuesday, Florida shooting survivor David Hogg denied conspiring with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and slammed Donald Trump Jr. for liking a tweet suggesting that was the case.

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Hogg's father is former Federal Bureau of Investigation, but he claims that despite some speculation, his dad has nothing to do with his views. President Trump has linked that failure to investigate with the ongoing investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

"I am so sorry that these people have lost their faith in America", David Hogg, a senior, told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview with his father, Kevin Hogg. But Citron said the younger generation, who are steeped in social media, can be resilient.

Folks on the internet took the claim one step further and claimed that the video was proof that Hogg was just pretending to be a high school student in a different state. Lucian Wintrich wrote on The Gateway Pundit about Hogg, who is the son of a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

Seventeen people were killed and more than a dozen injured after former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire inside the school last on February 14, armed with a legally acquired semi-automatic rifle, according to police. He responded: "I'm not a crisis actor".

The prominence of the conspiracies led to Republican Sen.

But a tweet last summer showing he was on vacation shuts down this rumors. "The fact that these people refuse to believe that something like this could happen is something that all of us don't want to believe, but the sad truth is that it is". Although David is very articulate, he is not a crisis actor.

Actual "crisis actors" do exist and there's nothing controversial about them - they're simply performers hired to play disaster victims in emergency drills or wounded combatants in military exercises.

It was viewed more than 216,000 before being removed by YouTube on Wednesday morning. The company said it is working to fix the problem.

A YouTube spokesperson stated: "This video should never have appeared in Trending". In a statement to Variety, a YouTube representative explained that the clip was not initially flagged because it contained footage from a reputable source. On Wednesday, YouTube had replaced one link to a video about Hogg as an actor with a notice saying it violated the site's policy on harassment and bullying, but other videos remained. We've seen similar moves by them many times over.

"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", he tweeted.

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