Trump Jr. ripped for 'liking' conspiracy theories on Parkland survivors

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David Hogg is a 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting that killed 17 people on February 14. At one point, the No. 1 trending video on YouTube was a video suggesting that Hogg was an actor, but the video has since been removed.

The term "crisis actors" has recently been used by conspiracy theorists who claim that mass shootings are staged.

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. "We're calling out the NRA a lot and 99.9 percent of the people that are in the NRA are responsible, safe gun owners and I respect them for that, joining an organization that wants to support safe gun ownership is excellent".

The video shows a CBS news broadcast from summer 2017 of Hogg describing how a friend of his got into an argument with a lifeguard on the beach.

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'Because the video contained footage from an authoritative news source, our system misclassified it.

Meanwhile, the Broward County schools superintendent has confirmed that Hogg and the other students who have been vocal in the wake of the shooting are students at Douglas.

Hogg has recently become the target of several conspiracy theories spread by far-right outlets such as The Gateway Pundit and True Pundit, as well as through social-media accounts, that center on baseless claims that Hogg is an actor working in cahoots with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On Tuesday, Hogg criticized those who amplified the claims and said it was disturbing that Trump Jr. liked the Twitter post.

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Referring to the president's tweet as "disgusting," Hogg said: "The FBI are some of the hardest-working individuals I've ever seen in my life". "Our kids know David Hogg". "I am the son of a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, and that is true".

"The fact that these people are being critical of me as a witness and personally as a victim to this incident and having to witness this and live through it again and again, it is unbelievable", David said.

Hogg said that while it's true his father is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, it is also true that he's a Marjory Stoneman student who witnessed the shooting that took the lives of 17 of his classmates and teachers.

The clips were shared on social media sites and even Donald Trump Jr, the president's eldest son, had reportdely liked a couple of tweets promoting the conspiracy theory against the surviving students. YouTube was not immediately available for further comment.

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Hogg responded to Anderson Cooper about the claims on AC360. "I was a witness to this", he said.

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