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Florida shooting conspiracy theories trend on YouTube, Facebook

Melissa Porter | 21 February, 2018, 18:45

"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", said Hogg with his father by his side.

Hogg, appearing on CNN alongside his former Federal Bureau of Investigation employee father Kevin, said he could not believe the messages that had been shared on Twitter-nor the fact that they had been liked by the president's son.

This allegation even received a blessing from Donald Trump Jr., who recently liked a tweet that proclaimed this conspiracy.

Trump Jr. apparently "liked" two conspiracy posts from the far-right news websites, The Gateway Pundit and One America News Network, according to news reports.

Hogg's statement followed news that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who opened fire on Hogg's schoolmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, had a troubled past and indications of mental disturbance.

Trump Jr. also liked a message shared by user Thomas Paine, featuring a video of Hogg speaking about gun control, accompanied by the message: "The kid who has been running his mouth about how Donald Trump and the GOP are teaming to help murder high school kids by upholding the Second Amendment is the son of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent".

He believes Americans can own a gun if they are mentally stable, don't have previous major convictions and are "not going to go out and commit these atrocities".

Specifically, Israel wants people who fall under the Baker Act to not have weapons for a year. "I do not want to take away the Constitutional rights of American citizens", he added.

His father Kevin briefly addressed his career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to clear the record on what his background is.

During the shooting, while hiding in a closet as the gunman roamed the school's hallways, Hogg interviewed his fellow students, documenting their terror in an effort to get lawmakers to understand what he feels needs to be done. We wouldn't be surprised by anything involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation at this point. "It makes me know that what I'm doing is right", he said. "I'm trying to be as well spoken as possible because these politicians won't", he said.

Kevin Hogg described his son as being "successful with anything he has chosen to do".

Speaking to NBC, he urged President Trump to take action.

That news story is entirely unconnected to the events at the Florida high school that left 17 people dead and many more injured. The survivor ultimately proclaims that "we have a right to live just as we have a right to bear arms".