As school starts back up, several Parkland locals have finally had enough of anti-gun activist David Hogg. Now, they’re exposing who he really is, and it sure isn’t pretty.
It’s been a big week for school-aged children across America, but for those returning to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in particular. Not only are Parkland teens heading back-to-school after a summer off from their studies, but August 14th marked the six-month anniversary of the mass shooting at MSD which left several students dead and others as prominent teen activists involved in the gun control debate.
Perhaps the most notorious of the teen activists to arise out of Parkland has been David Hogg, who reportedly hid with his peers as 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz roamed the high school and fatally shot 17 people. Hogg’s had a busy summer, organizing protests (complete with armed guards for himself), signing a book deal, and endorsing national political candidates.
However, it appears that he has given locals in the Parkland community the short end of the stick, despite his frequent Twitter tirades urging students and their parents to take action at home. Recently, Hogg called on parents around the country to get out and be proactive in their local communities.
“Our parents have not failed us, our politicians have,” he tweeted. “To any parent reading this: save us, vote, work on political campaigns, knock on doors, run for office and be the change because our politicians won’t be. Nov 6 is the day we can save our future but only if you choose to.”
Our parents have not failed us, our politicians have.
To any parent reading this: save us, vote, work on political campaigns, knock on doors, run for office and be the change because our politicians won't be.
Nov 6 is the day we can save our future but only if you choose to.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 12, 2018
It would appear, though, that Hogg hasn’t taken any of his own advice. According to Parkland locals, the teen hasn’t knocked on a single door in his own community, even as the Broward County school district prepares to have elections for new school board members.
Ryan Petty and Lori Alhadeff are both Parkland parents who lost children in the Valentine’s Day shooting six months ago. They have decided to take action to ensure that what happened to them does not befall another family in their community. They are both running for positions on the school board.
“Every parent in Broward County deserves to have their child come home to them safely,” Petty told the SunSentinel. “I’m running to ensure what happened to my family and Lori’s family doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
For her part, Alhadeff called for stronger safety measures and more transparency between the board and the parents of schoolchildren. “I want to ensure schools provide safety and a quality education, and there is transparency and accountability,” she said.
Despite their genuine and hard-fought efforts to create a safer community in Parkland, however, Petty and Alhadeff have received no support from Hogg — and locals have noticed. “So you can endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as future president, but not Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty- both parents whose kids were killed in Parkland as candidates for Broward School Board?” tweeted Hunter Pollack, the brother of MSD shooting victim Meadow Pollack.
So you can endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as future president, but not Lori Alhadeff and Ryan Petty- both parents whose kids were killed in Parkland as candidates for Broward School Board? https://t.co/2uIYvpcuK5
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) August 15, 2018
Thank you @PollackHunter. At the least. He’s too caught up in his “fame” to actually do something of substance here at home.
— Florida Young Republicans (FFYR) (@FFYR) August 15, 2018
I call BS! If they truly wanted to fix it he’d be fighting beside us with this school board race. Broken promises. Can’t even endorse Loria or Ryan who are making the true sacrifice and are Parkland Heroes!
— Hunter Pollack (@PollackHunter) August 14, 2018
Nineteen-year-old student Kenneth Preston said that “some who gained a massive platform from the Parkland shooting have forgotten what happened here at home and have neglected the local election.” Preston added, “They haven’t dedicated any of their time to the school board races.”
Hogg has tweeted multiple times in recent weeks about the need for young people to get out and vote, yet he refuses to practice what he preaches.
The #RoadtoChange has made it clear to me that the young people will win if they
-work on political campaigns
-knock on doors
-make sure everyone they know is voting
-run for office
-register themselves and others to vote
and most importantly vote on
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 13, 2018
In sharp contrast, fellow Parkland survivor and gun rights supporter Kyle Kashuv has been actively campaigning for local candidates like Ryan Petty, even going so far as to make his own political ads for the candidate.
If you needed more proof that David Hogg’s incessant quest for the spotlight is motivated more by a need for attention than a genuine desire to improve safety in public schools, look no further than his reputation in Parkland.
The kid is on Twitter all day long, annoying us with his nonsense and misinformation, yet he cannot even be bothered to tweet a simple endorsement for the grieving parents of two of his fallen classmates? Hogg’s priorities are totally out of whack. He wants us all to do as he says, not as he does.