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Shooting survivor claimed CNN gave him scripted questions

Colton Haab, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, has claimed that CNN gave him scripted questions during the night’s town hall on gun violence. Hence he refused to attend the event. He told Miami’s local WPLG-TV that the Cable News Network refused to allow him to raise his idea that schools consider employing U.S. military veterans as armed security guards and instead offered him scripted and canned questions. “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,”

Colton Haab claimed CNN gave him scripted questions

While talking with the station’s Janine Stanwood, Haab said: “I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinion on my questions. 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.”

However, CNN has categorically denied the charges and says that Colton’s father withdrew his name from participating in the event. “There is absolutely no truth to this. CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever,”

CNN added that “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. Colton’s father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected. We welcome Colton to join us on CNN today to discuss his views on school safety.”

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