GOP lawmaker's aide fired over offensive claims on Florida shooting survivors

A Florida state representative’s aide was fired from his position on Tuesday after he sent an email to a reporter alleging that two outspoken survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were “actors.”

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, was fired after emailing the Tampa Bay Times’ Washington bureau chief Alex Leary to say that David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, two students who have been extremely vocal about gun laws following the attack, were paid crisis actors

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“Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen,” he wrote in his message.

Leary said he had never before spoken to Kelly and that the email was completely unsolicited.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that when Leary asked Kelly to provide evidence to support his claim, he sent the reporter a link to a YouTube conspiracy video that showed Hogg being interviewed in a separate news segment in August 2017.

The interview, which was shot in California, prompted conspiracy theorists to questioned what Hogg was doing on the news in another state last year, with some branding him a “crisis actor.”

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Speaker of the Florida House Richard Corcoran fired Kelly in response to his offensive remarks on the two shooting survivors. 

“I was shocked and angry to read the appalling email about the brave students who traveled to Tallahassee today. Representative Shawn Harrison immediately contacted me and with his full support, I terminated the employment of the individual responsible,” wrote Corcoran on Twitter. 

“On behalf of the entire Florida House, I sincerely apologize to the students targeted and again commend them for their courage through this unspeakable tragedy.”

Rep. Harrison took to Twitter after Kelly’s firing to comment on the incident as well.

“I was just made aware that my aide made an insensitive and inappropriate allegation about Parkland students today,” the representative wrote. “I have spoken to him and placed him on leave until we determine an appropriate course of action. I do not share his opinion and he did so without my knowledge.”

Students like Hogg and Gonzalez, who have made multiple televised appearances urging lawmakers to ban assault weapons like the AR-15 used in the attack on their high school, have recently become the subject of conspiracy theories and smear campaigns from the far right.

Hogg, the son of a retired FBI agent, has been targeted by sites like The Gateway Pundit because of his father’s former occupation. 

“Why would the child of an FBI agent be used as a pawn for anti-Trump rhetoric and anti-gun legislation?” published the outlet. “Because the FBI is only looking to curb YOUR Constitutional rights and INCREASE their power. We’ve seen similar moves by them many times over. This is just another disgusting example of it.”

After these theories began gaining steam online, even Senator Marco Rubio took to social media to denounce the people slandering the shooting survivors.  

Hogg showed gratitude on Twitter for Rubio’s words, responding to him with a simple “thank you.”


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Florida Republican's aide sacked after suggesting shooting survivors are actors

A Florida congressman’s aide has been fired after spreading a conspiracy theory that some of the Flordia school shooting victims calling for gun control were actors.

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Republican state representative Shawn Harrison, sent an email to a Tampa Bay Times journalist claiming that two survivors of the Parkland tragedy, speaking up after 17 of their classmates were killed in a school shooting, were not real students.

The 61-year-old wrote: “Both kids in the picture are not students [at Stoneman Douglas] but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”

The newspaper reported that after it asked for evidence for this allegation, the aide sent a YouTube conspiracy video targeting one of the students.

After publication of  Kelly’s claims, he was fired. Harrison said he was “appalled at and strongly denounce his comments”, adding that he was “sorry for any pain this has caused the grieving families of this tragedy”.

He tweeted: “I do not share his opinion and he did so without my knowledge.”

Kelly apologised for his actions, saying that he “made a mistake whereas I tried to inform a reporter of information relating to his story regarding a school shooting”.

He added: “This was not my responsibility. I meant no disrespect to the students or parents of Parkland.”

Robert Runcie, Broward County school superintendent, told CNN: “These are absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas. They’ve been there. I can verify that.”

He said the comments were “outrageous and disrespectful” and “part of what’s wrong with the narrative in this country”.

Jaclyn Corin, the school’s 11th-grade class president, wrote on Twitter: “We are KIDS — not actors. We are KIDS that have grown up in Parkland all of our lives. We are KIDS who feared for our lives while someone shot up our school. We are KIDS working to prevent this from happening again. WE ARE KIDS.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio condemned the conspiracy theorists, tweeting: “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.”

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Florida High School Shooting Survivor Caught On Video Rehearsing Scripted Lines, Coached By Camera Man

Is anyone surprised anymore at the depths of deception invoked by the fake news media? All weekend long, the media paraded high school kids in front of news cameras, exploiting them as props for the emotional exploitation of the public. Now it turns out these kids were coached to repeat scripted lines, just like actors reading lines for a movie production. It’s all scripted, in other words, to push a gun control narrative rooted in emotional reaction rather than constructive solutions.

It also turns out that one of these kids — David Hogg — is the son of an FBI agent. In other words, his father was part of the same deep state swamp that has been committing treason to try to destroy Trump. This was almost never mentioned in any of the TV news interviews where he was vehemently defending the FBI and blaming President Trump for the shooting.

This is all explained in more detail by Lucian Wintrich, via The Gateway Pundit:

EXPOSED: School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines [VIDEO]

In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two student who quickly became media stars of the Parkland, Florida school shootings are now media obsessed to the point they say they are snubbing an invitation to meet with President Donald Trump this Wednesday in favor of appearing on a televised town hall with CNN’s Jake Tapper. […]

One student, in particular, David Hogg seems articulate and highly skilled at setting a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting. Few have seen this type of rapid media play before and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators.

Immediately, these students-turned-activists threw up some red flags.

In what seemed initially as an incredibly odd move for a high school student, Hogg’s vehemently defended the FBI and placed the blame squarely on the President’s shoulders…. before admitting that his father was in the FBI.

“I think it’s disgusting, personally. My father’s a retired FBI agent and the FBI are some of the hardest working individuals I have ever seen in my life,” proclaimed David Hogg to CNN.

“It’s wrong that the president is blaming them for this.”

Continuing, Hogg demonstrated his complete lack of American civics knowledge. A clueless Hogg appeared unaware of the fact that the President is not ‘in control’ of each department and branch of government, but must work and negotiate with them. Hogg added that Trump is in charge of the FBI.

“He can’t put that off on them. He is in charge of them and these people, what they love to do is push this off on bureaucracy and say it’s not them,” he said. “He is in charge of the FBI … the executive branch is supposed to enforce laws and as such, President Trump is in charge of that and the FBI.”

Anyone who has been following the news could tell you that many in the FBI have been working against the president from the start, with the most notable case being the Obama Administration alongside the Clinton campaign’s attempts to push the false ‘verification’ of the junk Steele Dossier. It has also been widely reported that the FBI received tips well in advance of the Florida school shooting and decided, for whatever reason, not to act.

The fault for this tragedy lies squarely on the shoulder’s of the FBI who could have prevented this back in January.

Adding to the credibility of Hogg, in a recently uncovered early cut from one of his interviews it appears he was heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script. Frequently seen in the footage mouthing the lines he should be reciting, Hogg becomes flustered multiple times and apologizing and asking for re-takes.

Why would the child of an FBI agent be used as a pawn for anti-Trump rhetoric and anti-gun legislation? Because the FBI is only looking to curb OUR Constitutional rights and INCREASE their power. We’ve seen their propaganda many times. Don’t let them win.

Read more coverage at The Gateway Pundit.

From InfoWars: Evidence mounts the Florida attack may be a “giant false flag”

Via, the propaganda “fact check” cult group known as SNOPES has been caught bullying a surviving student because he dared to go on the Alex Jones Show and tell the truth about what happened.

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Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., expressed astonishment that President Trump would use the tragedy they experienced last week to push back on the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Late Saturday night from his nearby Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump accused the FBI of spending too much time on potential collusion between Moscow and his own presidential campaign. Trump suggested that if the bureau hadn’t been so focused on his campaign that it may have been able to stop the gunman from killing 17 people last week.

Aly Sheehy, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was immediately outraged when she saw the president shift the conversation toward U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

“When it popped up on my timeline, it was something I read and was immediately mad about. It’s not the first time that he has tweeted something out so close to an incident that rocked the nation really that was about him,” she told Yahoo News on Sunday.

“Reading the tweet saying that it was because the FBI was too focused on his problem, that they should’ve been focused on other things. I don’t know why he called attention to that,” she continued.

A day after the shooting, rather than focusing on guns, Trump urged people to remain vigilant and report troubling behavior to the authorities. But classmates and neighbors had reported Nikolas Cruz to the FBI and local authorities. The FBI admitted on Friday that it had failed to properly investigate the matter.

The Russia probe is being led by Mueller, who was not involved in responding to tips about Cruz.

Giuliana Matamoros, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was livid when she saw this tweet from the commander in chief, especially so soon after the shooting.

“When I first saw Trump’s tweet I was furious. I can’t believe that it’s only been four days since the shooting and he has already made it about himself. I thought, ‘He obviously doesn’t care about us’ because he doesn’t,” Matamoros told Yahoo News. “He decided to make the cause of the death of 17 of my peers into something about him. I just really wonder if he ever thought for one second we don’t care about what he has to say. We only care about his actions on making this never happen again.”

Other members of the Stoneman Douglas community were similarly upset with Trump’s response.

Many Stoneman Douglas students are demanding that Congress and the president take action to confront gun violence.

Matamoros said she is grateful for the support and love that her community has received but urges any citizens who don’t believe in gun control to think twice about what they experienced last week.

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“I would like the American people to know that I’m thankful for your support. Those who believe gun control should not be put in place should rethink it,” Matamoros said. “Put yourself in our shoes, it’ll show you the traumatic event we went through and it will show you that we are Marjory Stoneman Douglas strong and we will not stop until there is change.”

Both girls are proud of how their community has responded to the tragedy — by making their voices heard and demanding change.

“I think it’s important that it’s broadcast to as many people as possible,” Sheehy said.

“Our voices need to be heard by everyone,” Matamoros said.

Sheehy was particularly moved by the speech her childhood friend Emma Gonzalez delivered at the Not One More rally outside the federal courthouse in nearby Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday.

“My classmates have already done so much. I’m so proud of them. There’s no word to describe how proud I am of them,” she said. “The speech that Emma Gonzalez gave. I’ve known her since kindergarten. Just listening to what she said, I don’t have words to describe how that made me feel.”

Matamoros could not make the event because she was at a wake for one of the victims. But she heard Gonzalez’s passionate speech after the fact: “It was amazing. I’m glad she’s part of our family.”

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Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

A high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.

Scott Beigel’s fiancee, Gwen Gossler, told mourners at his funeral on Sunday that they were watching news coverage of another school shooting when he made the comment.

“Promise me if this ever happens to me, you will tell them the truth — tell them what a jerk I am, don’t talk about the hero stuff,” Gossler said Beigel teased, according to the New York Post’s account of the service at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton.

“OK, Scott, I did what you asked,’’ Gossler continued tearfully. “Now I can tell the truth. You are an amazingly special person. You are my first love and my soulmate.’’ 

Pallbearers walk the casket of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, following a service at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday. (Sun Sentinel via Getty Images)Pallbearers walk the casket of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, following a service at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday. (Sun Sentinel via Getty Images)

Beigel, a 35-year-old geography teacher and cross-country coach, was one of 17 people killed in the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Some students said they took refuge in Beigel’s classroom when he unlocked his door for them as the gunman stalked the halls. The killer shot Beigel in the doorway before he could lock the door again.

Kelsey Friend, one of Beigel’s students, expressed her gratitude to his family on CNN.

“Thank you for bringing and having this amazing person in life and giving him the power to be stronger than I could have ever been,” she said. 

Beigel’s father, Michael Schulman, also reflected on his son’s heroism during Sunday’s service, but noted it wasn’t just one moment.

“I don’t want Scott’s memory to be the horrific moment on that afternoon,” Schulman said, according to Newsday. “Scott’s heroism was not that instant. Scott’s heroism was his entire life.”

Scott’s heroism was not that instant. Scott’s heroism was his entire life.” Michael Schulman, Scott Beigel’s father

His mother, who said her son called her every day as he was leaving work, expressed her heartbreak as she read a letter she wrote to him.

She called her son an “amazing man,” and ended it with a request: “Please let me know where you are.”

On Sunday, a funeral service was also held for 14-year-old student Jaime Guttenberg, whose father, Fred Guttenberg, remembered her for her love of dancing, her favorite color of orange, and her “unbelievable ability to never stop talking,” the Miami Herald reported.

In a moment of unrepressed anger, her father lashed out against gun violence and President Donald Trump, telling those at the service: “Nobody will tell me that gun violence does not exist!”

Alex Schachter, a 14-year-old trombone and baritone player, was also laid to rest on Sunday, the Sun Sentinel reported. Alex’s father, speaking to The New York Times, described him as “a sweetheart of a kid,” and said “he just wanted to do well and make his parents happy.”

On Monday, two more funerals are scheduled, for 15-year-old Luke Hoyer and for 14-year-old Alaina Petty.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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Florida Shooting: Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz was 'investigated for cutting himself'

The man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school had reportedly been investigated for self-harm and saying he wanted to buy a gun.

Suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz spurred investigations by law enforcement and welfare officials after cutting his arms and professing a desire to purchase firearms on social media, according to records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The information bolsters an emerging portrait of a disturbed young man who had repeatedly shown warning signs of wanting to unleash violence.

The FBI has acknowledged that it failed to investigate a tip last month that Mr Cruz owned guns and had the “desire to kill”, leading Florida governor Rick Scott to demand the resignation of FBI director Christopher Wray.

Another tip, passed along to the FBI last year, spotlighted an online comment posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” saying “Im going to be a professional school shooter”. The agent in charge of the bureau’s Miami field office said officials could not at the time confirm the commenter’s identity.

People who knew Mr Cruz have described the student as troubled. He was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for bad behaviour before last week’s massacre.

His defence attorney described him as a “a broken human being”.

“He’s a broken child,” attorney Melisa McNeill said after Mr Cruz’s initial court appearance. He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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Dagestan church shooting may be terrorist attack – investigators

Investigators are not ruling out the possibility that the church shooting in Dagestan was a terrorist attack, Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Monday. An armed man opened fire at people leaving an Orthodox church in Dagestan’s Kizlyar on Sunday, killing four and wounding four others. “A terrorist attack is among the possible theories,” Petrenko said. The gunman was identified as a 22-year-old local resident. Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under Articles 105.2 (murder with aggravating circumstances) and 317 (attempt on the life of a law enforcer) of the Russian Criminal Code, TASS reported.

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Hero Citizen Stops Mass Shooting in a Church, Cops Show Up and Shoot HIM—Media Silent


Amarillo, TX — As news of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida dominated the airwaves this week, a massive hostage situation—which was quickly turning into a mass shooting situation—was foiled by a hero in a church. That hero, however, is now in the hospital after police showed up to the scene and shot him.

The situation was well on its way to becoming one of the deadliest shootings in history as the gunman took over 100 people hostage inside the Faith City Mission church on Wednesday.

“They said there was a gun in the building everyone started running all different ways,” said Clay Murdock, a student at Faith City Mission.

According to WLOX, Murdock said he tried to get as many people inside their sound room as possible.

“We’re standing in there and everyone starts praying,” said Murdock. “I went outside to see what was going on if I could get more people in there and right when as I went outside the guy was standing right in front of me with the pistol.”

Murdock then ran outside.

According to the Amarillo police, the initial call came in around 8:45 a.m. and indicated that there was an armed suspect inside who was holding 100 people hostage.

Sergeant Brent Barbee told reporters that when officers breached the building, they encountered an individual who had a handgun.

The officers fired shots that struck the man,” said Barbee. “After some additional investigation, they’ve learned that the man that [had] the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody.”

Later that day, police clarified that they indeed shot the wrong man.

“The initial investigation indicates that the man the officer shot had originally been in a struggle with the original suspect and had taken away the gun from the suspect. The initial suspect has been taken into custody and is not injured. No other persons were hit by gunfire. This is very early in the investigation and more details will be available at a later time,” read the report.

As reports, the hero of the story is a student at Faith City Mission church. After he and the private church security officers wrestled the shooter to the ground and got the gun away from him, one or more Amarillo police officers opened fire on the student.

“Members of the security team took the gunman down and one of our students was able to wrestle the gun away,” she said. “Our thoughts are with our injured student and we praise God for his protection while honoring the heroic actions of our security team, students and everyone else involved — which prevented the situation from becoming far worse.”

The student was taken to a local hospital. The gunman, Joshua Len Jones, 35, of Amarillo was taken to jail unharmed.

Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Taylor said the student, who was not identified, had surgery Wednesday but was in stable condition and remains hospitalized, reports

“One of our staff members visited the student that was shot and he is resting well after surgery,” Taylor said.

Predictably, this story received no coverage in the mainstream media as it is showed brave citizens in a positive light while highlighting the fact that cops shot and nearly killed the hero.

Please share this story with your friends and family to spread a bit of good news in what has surely been a tragic week of reporting.

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Voice-to-Skull-Technology and the Florida Shooting



First documented in Nick Begich’s book, Angels Don’t Play This HAARP, voice to skull technology has played a role in implanting ideas inside of someone’s head. This was first demonstrated before the European Union by Dr. Begich and the body promptly passed legislation against its use. Many are now saying that Nicolas Cruz is showing some signs of having been exposed to this technology. When an event as tragic as the Florida school shooting takes place, all angles must be considered an there is quite a bit of smoke to this fire.


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