UPDATE: As Red State reports, confusion regarding Hogg’s location when the shooting began may now have been cleared up. He was in the school when the shooting began; however, later he returned home and then went back to the school.
“It appears that the problem was that CBS included a very confusing quote without context,” writes Sarah Rumpf. “Hogg was on campus during the shooting and returned several hours later to interview people across the street.”
Our reporting was based on prior reporting from other sources that have now corrected their versions as well. We regret the error.
Confused: High school student-turned-gun control activist David Hogg has made contradictory statements about where he was during the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. based on a number of video interviews.
For instance, in the interview below, he said that he was in an “AP Environmental Science” class when he heard the shots. He then claimed that the shots prompted the teacher to shut the door.
“So yesterday I was in my AP environmental science class, we had taken out all of our notes and we’re about to pack up to leave school and we hear a ‘pop’ and it happened to be a gunshot that echoed through the hallway,” Hogg told MSNBC in February, shortly after the incident. “And because of that, my teacher actually went and closed the door but as soon as she closed the door the fire alarm was pulled so this sick man could get more soft targets.” He essentially repeated the story in a subsequent interview:
However, in a follow-up interview with CBS News, he claimed he was actually at home during the shooting and had to ride several miles on his bike to get to the school so he could “get as much video” as possible of the event, Infowars reported.
“On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and rode as fast as I could three miles from my house to the school to get as much video and to get as many interviews as I could because I knew that this could not be another mass shooting,” he said.
Such contradictions appear to be common for Hogg, Infowars noted further: As we reported, Hogg couldn’t get his story straight when recalling how many of his sister’s friends died in the shooting, and one of his first interviews with local media showed him repeatedly flubbing his talking points. In an even more bizarre twist, Hogg apparently interviewed students during the shooting in a closet, which doesn’t support his story he rode his bike three miles after he first heard about the shooting.
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