Massacre survivor’s mom says he’s getting death threats from conspiracy theorists
The family of one of the survivors of the South Florida school shooting, who has been accused of being a “crisis actor” by conspiracy theorists, is now receiving death threats, according to the student’s mom.
“I’m under so much stress,” Rebecca Boldrick, the mother of 17-year-old David Hogg, a senior at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told the Washington Post.
Boldrick told the news outlet that her family has received death threats online.
“I’m angry and exhausted,” added Boldrick, an elementary school teacher.
“Angry, exhausted,” she reiterated. “And extremely proud” of her son.
In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting rampage that left 17 dead, Hogg became one of the leading student voices advocating for gun reform via social media and during many TV interviews.
He was then one of two teen students to be targeted by fringe right-wing sites — as well as an aide to a Florida lawmaker — as being an actor.
Even first son Donald Trump Jr. “liked” a pair of tweets that attacked Hogg, including one that linked to a story suggesting he was fabricated by the “mainstream media.”
After Hogg had mentioned in an interview that his father was a retired FBI agent, some online conspiracy theorists drummed up the idea that he was in cahoots with the FBI to criticize President Trump.
Responding to the wild claims, Hogg bluntly told CNN: “I am not a crisis actor. I’m somebody that had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do that.”
The mother told the news outlet that her husband, Kevin Hogg, a Republican, worked for the FBI as an agent at airports in Los Angeles and Florida before retiring from the bureau in October 2016.
She said her husband left the FBI because he had been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease several years earlier and noted that her family has not previously revealed the reason for his retirement because he was embarrassed, according to the Washington Post.