Though Parkland student Colton Haab is being recognized nationally as a hero, CNN opted to leave him out of Wednesday’s town-hall event on Wednesday evening — seemingly because his perspective does not fit the narrative they have been peddling.
Haab is the brave 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who ushered 60 to 70 people to safety in an open JROTC room during the Parkland school shooting. The high school junior may have saved many lives by using the Kevlar sheets from the marksmanship program to try and protect his peers. His actions were so important that the US Military is currently considering awarding him with a JROTC Medal of Heroism.
Despite his heroism, the student told the Local 10 News that he was not allowed to ask his prepared questions at the CNN event.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions — and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab told a WPLG reporter.
Haab had been planning to speak on school safety and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards.
When he found out that the questions would all be scripted, he opted out of going entirely.
Haab recently thanked the NRA for their contributions to the JROTC program and said that he believes the tragedy could have been prevented if Coach Aaron Feis had been armed.
Coach Feis was killed as he used his own body to shield students from the gunman’s bullets.
“If coach Feis had had his firearm in school that day, I believe that he could have most likely stopped the threat,” Haab told Fox News.
Complete video report on Colton Haab–CNN town hall controversy via WPLG-TV.