Colton Haab, a survivor of the Florida school shooting, claims that CNN didn’t allow him to ask his questions at a townhall and instead gave him scripted questions. Due to this, Haab declined to participate.

CNN held a townhall last night, moderated by Jake Tapper, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch. The students and parents had an opportunity to ask them questions, along with Democrat Senator Bill Nelson and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, whose office missed numerous warning signs from shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Haab had a great idea about safety at schools, but CNN apparently said no and gave him a different question. From Local 10:

“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted,” junior Colton Haab said Wednesday night.

Haab wrote questions about school safety and suggested using veterans as security guards, but he claims CNN wanted him to ask scripted questions instead.

So, Haab said, he declined to participate.

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

Haab, a JROTC member, told CNN that once he heard a shooter was on campus, “he ushered 60 to 70 people to shelter in an open Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps” and used Kevlar sheets to protect them:

“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.”

CNN denies all of this.

Professor Jacobson has an excellent point:

Haab had excellent ideas and questions. Why not use armed veterans for security guards? Why not have security guards?


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