Users of the Parkland group have their uncertainties about the veracity of a 691-word submit on Reddit having national focus that purports to be from a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Higher Faculty taking pictures.
The put up describes how a conspiracy-obsessed father believes his son’s description of his traumatic, lived working experience of the capturing — crouching in a classroom, fearing for his life — was a paid gig.
“He’s generally been extremely conservative,” the post suggests of the writer’s father, “but now QAnon has consumed his lifestyle to the point in which it’s tearing our family apart along with my psychological well being.”
Other survivors of the shooting are acquiring the tale way too substantially to consider, however.
The demo of the shooter who killed 17 men and women at the faculty is coming up. The writer, publishing anonymously under “QAnon casualties” in Reddit on July 19, says his father believes the accused, Nikolas Cruz, was “paid to sacrifice his existence in purchase to take out our guns.” And that the poster far too, was compensated to be a part of the scheme.
“You’re a real piece of get the job done to be in a position to sit below and act like nothing at all at any time happened if it was not a hoax. Shame on you for being aspect of it and placing your family through it much too,” the anonymous Reddit poster writes of his father’s phrases.
Seven days right after the publish appeared on Reddit, Vice Media and the New York Publish ran a story dependent on it, pinpointing the poster as “Bill.” Each information web sites said they discovered the poster as an MSD capturing survivor but did not say how. Saturday, Salon.com also ran the tale of “Bill” as an case in point of how individuals “lose” liked ones who come to be obsessed with QAnon, a disproven, much-proper group of conspiracy theorists who muse about the internal workings of the Deep Condition. That site also said Bill’s identity was verified, without supplying aspects.
The Reddit post has blown up, with 11,200 “upvotes” and “Bill” hotly taking on the doubters in subsequent posts. He did not reply to a information from Florida Politics.
“This was virtually just a spur of the instant rant I imagined would attain at most a few hundred upvotes,” “Bill” wrote. “I’m just making an attempt to make sense of it, and for individuals declaring it’s too insane to be legitimate which is great.”
“Bill” has specifics in his write-up that ring legitimate. He claims he was a freshman on that Valentine’s Day 2018 when the bullets rang out at his university, and recently graduated. That timing functions out. He says that a magenta T-shirt like the one particular the shooter was wearing continue to would make him awkward. But pictures of Cruz apprehended following the shooting are extensively readily available by means of a Google lookup.
In the town which is been described by people 6 minutes of chaos at any time since, the account seems also outstanding.
“I am not selected of the truthfulness of all of it,” Fred Guttenberg mentioned in a textual content. His daughter, Jaime, was killed in the taking pictures. He’s considering that grow to be an activist for gun basic safety.
Hunter Pollack, whose sister Meadow was killed at the university, is not an advocate for the exact same induce as Guttenberg. He is focused on creating colleges accountable for basic safety. He said he thinks that any individual who sent their young children to MSD or life in Parkland could not believe what “Bill” claims his father does.
“Impossible,” Pollack said.
But in a subsequent put up, “Bill” has some option text for his doubters.
“I know it is not the the greater part, but any one accusing me of working with my trauma to spin a tale, f*ck you,” he wrote in a follow up just after the post went viral. “I by no means prepared this blowing up and I hardly ever contacted the media. What the f*ck would I get out of this?”