These smart and aware kids are really giving me hope.
These outspoken teens have grown up with social media. They’re experts at it. Stupid right-wing trolls don’t stand a chance against these kids.
It’s been truly inspiring watching these young people who have just survived a horrific mass slaughter at their high school find their voices and demand gun control. It gives me a lot of hope for our country’s future.
It makes me sick that right-wing websites and trolls have been attacking these kids. Ignorant righties have been flooding social media with posts disparaging the teens. And many are accusing them of being paid crisis actors.
Even the president’s son, Don Jr. has been “liking” ignorant posts attacking the students.
The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS’ FINGERPRINTS all over it. It is similar to how he hijacked and exploited black people’s emotion regarding police use of force incidents into the COP HATING Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/XDZ3bcwF6F
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 20, 2018
Many of the right-wing trolls have been targeting one of the student survivors, 17-year-old David Hogg, because his father is a former FBI agent.
Some trolls are even attacking the students by going through their old social media posts.
Why would any HS student tweet this?This is Tje student who went viral for Cursing The POTUS pic.twitter.com/2wSnM0PEeG
— KG (@KG26960070) February 20, 2018
But the kids are taking it in stride. They are focused and determined. And no stupid internet trolls are going to derail them. In fact, the kids are laughing about it. And they’re now trolling the trolls.
17-year-old Cameron Kasky is the shooting survivor who came up with the name of their movement, “Never Again.” And he poked fun of the accusations against his classmate David Hogg. Responding to a conspiracy theory about the Egyptian pyramids, Cameron said Hogg was probably responsible.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) February 20, 2018
Cameron’s father, Jeff joined in the conspiracy theory fun too. He tweeted out an old picture of his son reading the New York Times and joked, “What EIGHT YEAR OLD kid reads @nytimes on vacation?”
— Jeff Kasky (@JeffKasky) February 21, 2018
Cameron tweeted back to his dad his own conspiracy theory.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) February 21, 2018
#NeverAgain member Sarah Chadwick also sarcastically defended Hogg.
This is really offensive to David Hogg, he would never grow his hair out that long. Who do you think he is? https://t.co/EZC5SebAm1
— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 21, 2018
Another student, Adam Alhanti told the trolls they finally caught him.
Okay, you caught me. I’m a Crisis Actor brainwashed by the left. They chose me because I played Iago, Mr. Potato Head, and King Triton in camp musicals as a kid.
— Adam Alhanti (@AAlhanti) February 21, 2018
Even though the kids are having a little fun going after idiotic trolls, the fact is that the conspiracy theories are hurtful. David Hogg told BuzzFeed that the attacks against him and his classmates were “immature, rude, and inhumane.”
I asked @davidhogg111 about Donald Trump Jr. pushing false conspiracy theories about him — this morning, Trump Jr. "liked" two tweets peddling fake news — here's David's response: pic.twitter.com/vGgZ8ZRZw6
— Remy Smidt (@remysmidt) February 20, 2018
MSD senior Emma Gonzales said she and her friends laughed out loud when she heard people were calling them paid actors.
I asked @Emma4Change about how the "Never Again" team is responding to the false conspiracy theories about them being "crisis actors." Short answer: They're having some fun. Here's Emma's full response: pic.twitter.com/5vQ57YXOqs
— Remy Smidt (@remysmidt) February 21, 2018