A JROTC cadet who survived the Parkland school shooting claims that he declined taking part in CNN’s anti-gun town hall event after his questions were discarded in place of “scripted” ones.
While many students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School convened in the town of Sunrise for the televised event last night, JROTC cadet and high school junior Colton Haab –who used kevlar blankets to shield innocents during the shooting- was not among them.
According to Haab, he was approached by CNN, who asked him to participate in the town hall. Presuming he was going to be able to ask his own questions, Haab and his family prepared to go to the event but quickly backed out as soon as they saw a red flag.
“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” Haab said.
Haab reportedly wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards. While such inquiries seem reasonable, Haab said it -and the method in which he wished to deliver the speech- didn’t sit well with CNN, who wanted him to beat to a different drum.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told WPLG. “I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”
Through Twitter, CNN has denied claims that the event or any questions was scripted, essentially calling Haab a liar in the process.
“There is absolutely no truth to this,” CNN said in on Twitter. “CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.”
CNN added that Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected. We welcome Colton to join us on CNN today to discuss his views on school safety.”
The incident further divides an already polarized American public, not only on the debate over gun rights but in terms of the lack of trust when it comes to mainstream media and politics.
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