FL Survivor Bails on Anti-Gun Townhall, Says CNN Scripted Entire Event, Refused to Let Him Ask His Questions

A survivor of the Florida high school shooting which left 17 innocent people dead leveled major accusations against CNN on Wednesday night.

According to Colton Haab, a member of his school’s JROTC who shielded classmates from madman Nikolas Cruz, he refused to attend the network’s town hall on guns because the event was scripted.

What’s more is they wouldn’t allow him to ask his own questions.


CNN’s response:


Who is to be believed here? The corrupt, far-left leaning network or the kid who just wanted to speak?

The Hill has more:

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Colton Haab told WPLG-TV, an ABC affiliate in Miami.

“I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions,” said Haab.

“I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished,” he concluded. “It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”

The WPLG-TV report said that Haab wanted to ask a question about using veterans as armed security guards as a deterrent to school shootings.


CNN aired the live town hall, “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Wednesday night. The discussion included Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch.

“There is absolutely no truth to this,” said Richard Hudock, CNN’s senior manager of public relations in a statement provided to The Hill. “CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.

“After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” Hudock said. “Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected.

More on Haab:

Colton Haab heard seven gunshots, and his Junior ROTC training kicked in.

The 17-year-old junior knew a gunman was on his high school campus Wednesday afternoon so he ushered 60 to 70 people to shelter in an open Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps room. At that point, he realized that the Kevlar sheets generally used for the Junior ROTC marksmanship program could come in handy.

“We took those sheets, and we put them in front of everybody so they weren’t seen, because they were behind a solid object and the Kevlar would slow the bullet down,” Haab told CNN on Thursday.


“I didn’t think it was going to stop it, but it would definitely slow it down to make it from a catastrophic to a lifesaving thing.”

Haab’s quick thinking was one of a number of heroic responses to Wednesday’s mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed at least 17 people.

Fortunately, the gunman did not come into the Junior ROTC room, and the Kevlar was not needed. But if he had done so, Haab said he and a friend had a plan.

H/T: Right Scoop

[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]

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