A shooting survivor from last week’s devastating attack on a south Florida high school claimed Wednesday that CNN “scripted” questions for students during its town hall event; saying the network initially asked the young man to “write a speech” but it “ended up being all scripted.”
The cable news network hosted a town hall event in Florida Wednesday evening, featuring politicians, law enforcement, and NRA officials speaking with students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; the site of 19-year old Nikolas Cruz’s rampage that left 17 people dead.
“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” said 17-year old Colton Haab outside the event, adding he planned to ask if lawmakers would be willing to hire veterans and former law enforcement officials to help patrol schools across the country.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted,” he added. “I don’t think that it’s going to get anything accomplished, it’s not going to ask the true questions that the parents, teachers, and students have.”
Watch Haab’s comments below:
FLORIDA FURY: Gov. Scott SLAMS FBI, Demands Answers Over BOTCHED School Shooting Tip
Florida Governor Rick Scott called-on the FBI to publicly release information provided to the bureau just weeks before 19-year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at a local high school; blasting the agency’s “inexcusable inaction” after it received specific information about the gunman.
Gov. Scott’s office released a statement Monday on the bureau’s “mishandling” of specific intelligence relating to Cruz, with one tip saying the shooter “possessed weapons” and may be in the final stages of planning a “school shooting.”
“Last week, our state and nation was shocked to learn of the FBI’s inexcusable inaction after receiving a tip informing them of Cruz’s desire to carry out a school shooting,” said Scott. “The FBI’s failure to initiate an investigation raises many questions, and the victims’ families deserve answers now.”
“Last week, I called on Director Wray to resign, and the FBI should release all records involving this terrible error. People in Washington tend to want to investigate, hold hearings and put off what truly needs to be done. Instead, someone needs to be held accountable,” he added.
The Governor’s comments come days after FBI Director Christopher Wray publicly admitted that his agency failed to follow “proper procedure” after it received information Cruz was planning his attack; pledging to prevent similar inactivity in the future.
AMERICAN HEROES: Florida Survivors Used BULLET PROOF SHEETS to Protect Fellow Students
Two survivors at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in southern Florida used “Kevlar sheets” from a Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps course to help shield their fellow students from a hail of gunfire; saving countless lives and untold injuries during the mass shooting.
The students spoke with Tampa’s Fox affiliate, discussing their plan to protect those around them when they began to “hear the pops” as 19-year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students at the local high school.
“I heard the pops, I heard the fire drill, and I knew there was a shooter,” said one student. “I looked at all the kids behind me, just looking at me frozen, and I yelled to them ‘Run back to the classroom, go back now!”
“In our JROTC program, we have a team that’s called marksmanship, so our backdrop for the targets that we shoot are actually kevlar sheets that we hang,” he added. “We put everybody behind them. That way they were all at least somewhat safe because the kevlar—it wouldn’t have stopped a bullet, but it would have slowed it down a lot so that the damage someone would have received from it, God forbid, would have been a lot less.”
Watch the heroes’ comments above.