In a stunning admission, one of the students invited to be at CNN’s Town Hall organized after the drama in Parkland, Florida, said he was asked by the network to ask a "scripted question" rather than the one he originally wanted to ask about ‘armed guards.’ As he was disallowed, he declined CNN’s invitation to attend.
The student in question, young Mr. Colton Haab, admits that he was approached by the network to ask a question at Wednesday night's town hall. In his mind, this was a "scripted question," which would mean he could not ask the one he wrote himself.
"CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted. I don't think that it's going get anything accomplished. It's not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have."
Mr. Haab is one of the shooting spree heroes who actually shielded other students while the school was under attack from the shooter, Mr. Nikolas Cruz. He is also a member of the Junior ROTC.
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The story was spread by Mr. James Woods, who congratulated Mr. Haab for having the guts to speak out against a major network like CNN.
Mr. Woods stated “Fine young man, bravo for declining the manipulation by #CNN…”
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fine young man, bravo for declining the manipulation by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CNN?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CNN</a>… <a href="https://t.co/zfUHGXFAqo">pic.twitter.com/zfUHGXFAqo</a></p>— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/966609340198109185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Local broadcaster WPLG did an interview with Mr. Haab, and their reporter Ms. Janine Stanwood explained: "Colton Haab, a member of the Junior ROTC who shielded classmates in the midst of terror says he did not get to share his experience. Colton wrote questions about school safety, suggested using veterans as armed school security guards but claims CNN wanted him to ask a scripted question instead so he decided not to go."