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