Far-right conspiracy theorists are now targeting Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg with both a blatantly false attack involving a yearbook photo they claim proves he did not attend the high school and another false claim that he is actually a 26-year-old who was once arrested in SC. True Pundit published a story this week, claiming Hogg and his father, who is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, were working with the mainstream media to prop up the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
There's also an interview of Hogg on a Los Angeles CBS Station back in August. "Theyve been there. I can verify that", Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie told the Tampa Bay Times after leaving his fourth funeral of the day. Here he is in our yearbook from 2015.
Some claim he's an actor planted by CNN.
The claim was quickly debunked. Hogg is news director of the school TV station, and Kasky is a drama student once considered the class clown.
Hogg's classmates were quick to defend him.
Facebook and Google searches for "crisis actor" or the student's name, "David Hogg", return a mix of links: Some legitimate news sources citing Hogg's denial of the claim, and some spreading the false report.
Setting the record for a new low, Gateway Pundit's White House correspondent Lucian Wintrich grossly smeared survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, FL, for being vocal about the need for gun regulation. As he read the tweet aloud, Hogg laughed a bit in disbelief before saying again he's shocked at what these people are saying.
"THIS CONSPIRACY THEORY IS INSANE", he wrote. Others say Hogg is too eloquent and articulate to be 17.
Pro-Trump accounts on social media have shared the stories on Twitter and in some cases have thousands of retweets. "Unlike the people who are tweeting that stuff about me and my dad, I haven't lost hope in America and my dad hasn't either", the teenager admits.
Among them was Benjamin Kelly, the aide of Florida congressman Shawn Harrison who was sacked on Tuesday after telling a Tampa Bay Times reporter that Hogg and his classmate Emma Gonzalez were actors who traveled around the country to act as liberal pundits on camera.
Kelly was sacked later that day.
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has taken criticism for money he has gotten from the NRA, blasted the conspiracy theories.
Some extreme right-wing websites are claiming he is not a Parkland student but instead an actor with an agenda.
"Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen", he told reporter Alex Leary.
Pressure on lawmakers to enact tighter gun rules has increased in recent days as Stoneman Douglas students organised a national campaign. "I do not want to take away the Constitutional rights of American citizens", he added.
"The fact that these people are being critical of me as a witness and personally as a victim.it's unbelievable", Hogg said before arguing that students at his high school showed more maturity than some elected officials.