*Update: After being supplied with further information from CBS via the Washington Examiner’s inquiry, it has come to our attention that CBS intentionally released the video segment out of context. Hogg was referring to his returning to the school that night to interview witnesses.
In a recently released excerpt of a CBS video documentary with the students behind the March For Our Lives movement, David Hogg seems to candidly admit he wasn’t at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting.
He explains that he was at home, and adds that he grabbed his camera so he could get footage of the events to advance his aspiring future career in journalism.
On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and rode as fast as I could three miles from my house to the school to get as much video and to get as many interviews as I could because I knew that this could not be another mass shooting.
He doesn’t elaborate on why he was at home during the shooting, and admits he didn’t know most of the students who were killed.
I didn’t know most of these people at a very personal level, but I wanted to make their voices heard and that’s what I’m really trying to do.
These statements are in direct conflict with Hogg’s earlier interview with Time Magazine. Here’s an excerpt of that interview:
When Hogg heard a “pop” while sitting in an AP environmental science class around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, he told his teacher it sounded strangely like a gunshot. But there had been a fire drill that very morning and talk of a “Code Red” exercise to prepare for an active shooter. This must just be a surprise drill, he reasoned.
The full CBS documentary is yet to be released, but the excerpt is now available. Given we don’t have the entire documentary, we lack the full context, but the statements seem pretty straight-forward. Was he talking about his interviews conducted later that evening? It doesn’t sound like it according to the video. You can watch the video below, Hogg’s statements on being home during the shooting start right after the 4:30 mark.
CBS did not reply to a request for comment.