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Parkland survivor’s dad: David Hogg and Cameron Casky love each other, but not romantically

Josh Jackman April 25, 2018
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The parents of Parkland shooting survivors David Hogg and Cameron Kasky have denied that they are going to prom together.

Kasky posted a photo on April 23 of the two gun control advocates embracing under the simple message: “Prom 2018.”

Speculation was sparked by the picture, which shows Kasky lovingly hugging Hogg, who contrasts Kasky’s soppy smile with a stare that pierces your soul.

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Along with bisexual activist Emma Gonzalez, the Parkland shooting survivors have been at the forefront of the Never Again movement since the February 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which left 17 dead.

Their influence was even acknowledged with their inclusion in the TIME 100 list on April 19, with a tribute written by President Barack Obama.

But according to TMZ, Kasky and Hogg’s parents have said their children will not be attending the May 5 prom together.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Dan Rather hosts a SiriusXM Roundtable Special Event with Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and activists Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg (L), Cameron Kasky (R), Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin at SiriusXM Studio on March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Hogg’s mum, Rebecca Boldrick, said that he had a different date for the prom, which comes a month before senior students like Hogg leave Stoneman Douglas for the last time.

Kasky’s dad, Jeff Kasky, said: “Cameron and David love each other very much, as do the 20 or so other kids that are part of their group, but not in a romantic type of way.”

Hogg has spoken out repeatedly, not least of all against alt-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, leading the anti-gay polemicist to beg the activist to keep him on YouTube.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Dan Rather hosts a SiriusXM Roundtable Special Event with Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and activists Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg (L), Cameron Kasky (R), Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin at SiriusXM Studio on March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Jones has repeatedly questioned the details of the mass shooting, and in 2015, said that the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 kids and six adults was “synthetic, completely fake with actors – in my view, manufactured.”

Hogg called his remarks “awful” and “disgusting” in savage tweets.

PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 15: Students Kelsey Friend (L) and David Hogg recount their stories about yesterday's mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed, on February 15, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Police arrested the suspect after a short manhunt, and have identified him as 19 year old former student Nikolas Cruz. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
David Hogg (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Speaking on CNN just days after the shooting, Kasky tore into Republican politicians for responding to massacres with “thoughts and prayers” but marching over anti-LGBT positions.

Kasky told CNN host Anderson Cooper that the time for meaningless words was over.

He said: “There’s a section of this society that will just shrug this off and send their thoughts and prayers, but will march for hours when they have to bake a rainbow wedding cake.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. Seventeen perished and more than a dozen were wounded in the hail of bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,Florida the latest mass shooting to devastate a small US community and renew calls for gun control. / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Kasky was referring to the case currently in the US Supreme Court of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

He continued: “Everything I’ve heard where ‘We can’t do anything’ and ‘It’s out of our hands, it’s inevitable’ – I think that’s a facade that the GOP is putting up.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky speaks with the media in Parkland, Florida on February 16, 2018, two days after former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at the school leaving 17 people dead and 15 injured. Stoneman Douglas students have taken to social media to blast defenders of the nation's loose gun laws. In an eloquent essay published online, 17-year-old Cameron Kasky blasted both Republican and Democratic politicians for not doing anything. "We can't ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises," he wrote. "And so, I'm asking -- no, demanding -- we take action now. Why? Because at the end of the day, the students at my school felt one shared experience -- our politicians abandoned us by failing to keep guns out of schools." / AFP PHOTO / RHONA WISE (Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)
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“I think that’s what they want us to think.

“I think that after every shooting, the NRA sends them a memo saying: ‘Send your thoughts and prayers, say let’s not talk about it now, say this happens.'”

Related topics: cameron kasky, david hogg, Education, gun control, parkland, prom, Stoneman Douglas High School, US, US

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