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News or Noise: Are actors portraying Florida school shooting victims?

February 22, 2018 03:53 AM

The Parkland, Florida school shooting has brought up a number of issues regarding gun laws and mental health awareness. 

But you may have seen social media posts claiming that some of the student survivors are paid crisis actors, advocating for gun control. 

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David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has become the target of social media attacks.  

He was interviewed by CNN after the shooting, and his commentary went viral after blaming the attack on President Trump. 

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

Hogg was interviewed by CBS News in Los Angeles about a year ago, after a video he filmed went viral. The blogs question the likelihood that someone would be interviewed twice by such a large network on different coasts

But a tweet last summer showing he was on vacation shuts down this rumors.

Others suggest that Hogg graduated from a California high school in 2015, and even showed a yearbook picture of him.  These allegations were quickly proven false as well, when a current Parkland student pointed out the Douglas School t-shirt from the so called "La School yearbook".  

Lastly, a mugshot claiming to be David Hogg began circulating the internet.  The mugshot reveals a 26-year-old arrested in South Carolina with the same name, and a very similar identity to the Parkland student.  

However, sources say the similarities are not enough proof, and the eye color of the student does not match the mugshot.  

Hogg himself addressed the issue to CNN's Anderson Cooper and denied these all claims.  

Between Hoggs statement and proof the numerous blog allegations are false, we're calling this one all noise.
 

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