Why you shouldn't believe claims that Stoneman Douglas students are crisis actors

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are among those targeted by conspiracy theories about the February 14 shooting that killed 17 people.

The 17-year-old has been one of many survivors in the public eye rallying for stricter gun laws, which is being led by students from MS Douglas High School in the wake of the shooting that left 17 people dead. "I'm not a crisis actor", Hogg said Tuesday evening.

Earlier, the Gateway Pundit blog claimed that the articulate young activist has been "coached" and was "merely reading from a script".

"Outspoken Trump-Hating School Shooting Survivor is Son of FBI Agent; MSM Helps Prop Up Incompetent Bureau", reads the other tweet. Student David Hogg appeared in the video, a 2017 news report where he discussed a video he filmed of two people having a confrontation on Redondo Beach in Los Angeles. "Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it".

YouTube said in a statement that hoax videos targeting families involved in major tragedies violate its harassment policy and will be removed.

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"There is a large portion of America that will not believe things that are said by mainstream outlets no matter how fact-checked and how accurate because the president for political reasons has said they're not true", said Thompson.

Conspirators online claim Hogg is really a "crisis" actor, who appears in interviews across the country after school shootings.


The title of the now-deleted video was "DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR". It was his instinct as a student journalist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

These conspiracy theories attacking the Federal Bureau of Investigation parallel similar rhetoric from right-wing groups - and Trump - who have claimed the Federal Bureau of Investigation is tainted with political, anti-Trump bias.

Fourteen students and three faculty members lost their lives in the tragic shooting.

The conspiracy theory: The murders of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 were shocking.

Several blogs use different claims suggest that Hogg is a paid actor.

These school shootings continue to expose the deep crisis of the colonial social system and one of the main contradictions that I will point out is that if a teenage white boy goes on a Terminator-style killing spree and shoots up the school and goes on the run, then the white community is never put under heavy military lockdown by the police.

The wild allegations online have also taken on a more risky tone, she said. "No one had talked to them yet", Camerota said.

"It's unbelievable to me that people are saying this, and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. liked that post is disgusting to me, but it's also false, in terms of the sense that--these people keep saying that I'm anti-Second Amendment".

  • Tracy Klein