Florida lawmaker’s aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were ‘actors’

A Florida state lawmaker’s aide was fired late Tuesday, hours after he claimed two survivors of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., who had appeared on television were actors.

Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R), emailed a Tampa Bay Times reporter after students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg appeared on CNN to call for legislation to curb gun violence.

According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary, the staffer emailed him, saying, “Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”

The comments drew condemnation from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), as well as Harrison, who said the comments did not reflect his views and that Kelly had been placed on leave.

About an hour later, Florida…

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