Parkland student Kyle Kashuv criticized for shooting AR-15 at gun range
JOSH REPLOGLE and KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press
7:28 AM, Apr 25, 2018
10:58 AM, Apr 25, 2018
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Marjory Stoneman Douglas student alleges he was aggressively questioned by school administrators and local law enforcement after posting on social media that he fired an assault weapon at a gun range with his dad.
"I can now check off being wrongfully questioned by law enforcement off my bucket list," tweeted Kashuv, adding "school will be interesting for the remainder of my tenure at MSD. I am not looking forward to it."
On Tuesday, Kashuv told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the meeting with officials was an interrogation.
"It was a clear attempt to intimidate me, and they used very, very, very harsh intimidation tactics," Kashuv said.
After first being questioned by a school security officer, a Broward County deputy entered the room and sat behind the teen, Kashuv said. The deputy began asking Kashuv who the rifle belonged to and who he went shooting with. Kashuv said he asked if he could record the interview and was told that he couldn't. The teen said he felt like the deputy was trying to get him to incriminate his father.
Kyle Kashuv on questioning over gun range visit with dad: "I posted a video of me showing my admiration for the 2nd Amendment & telling people to educate themselves about the 2nd Amendment because we can't trust our government to defend ourselves." #Tuckerhttps://t.co/EVV5hMwY1Npic.twitter.com/LMhCNZr3du
Kashuv said the gun debate has become so prominent since the Valentine's Day massacre that killed 17 that he "felt it was important to learn about the physical mechanics of it," Kashuv said in a text to The Associated Press. "I made sure to post about it because I wanted to show people it's people that are the issue, not guns."
Kashuv also tweeted "Apparently using my constitutional rights to learn how to defend myself is wrong? Sorry, I thought this was still the United States of America."
On Friday, Kashuv posted videos on Twitter showing him firing an AR-15 rifle at a target, saying it "strengthened my love for 2A" and taught him "America is the greatest country ever, where freedom intensifies and liberty is required to be a real American."
His posts came as thousands of students around the country walked out of school for gun reform in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Kashuv has been a vocal supporter of gun rights and garnered heavy support from conservative pro-gun groups. The teen has drawn criticism from the core #NeverAgain students, including Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, who have repeatedly called for a ban on assault rifles.
A Broward Sheriff's Office incident report confirmed the meeting, but didn't provide any specific response to Kashuv's claim that the deputy used interrogation techniques against him.
A school security supervisor told the deputy several students had expressed concern about the social media post, even though no threats were on the video, the report said.
When asked about the post, Kashuv said he had borrowed the rifle from a friend and went shooting with his father, the report said. Officials contacted Kashuv's mother, who stated she knew about the video and the trip to the gun range.