"After seeing an interview with Colton Haab, we invited him to participate in our town hall along with other students and administrators from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School".
Haab said was planning to ask about school safety, and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards in schools, but the questions were rejected by CNN.
Colton Haab, a JROTC enlistee who has previously spoken with media outlets about how he helped his peers seek shelter during the shooting, did not take part in Wednesday's event on the grounds that CNN attempted to plant "scripted" questions for him to ask.
"I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinions on my questions", Haab told a local ABC affiliate, WPLG-TV.
Haab: I don't think that it's going to get anything accomplished. "But I suspect the student claiming @CNN wanted him to only ask certain questions misunderstood what CNN was trying to do, which was tighten up his question to avoid someone monologuing at a town hall", he tweeted.
In particular, Lori Alhadeff, whose daughter Alyssa was one of the 17 victims who lost their lives in last week's tragedy, gave a speech while Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel And NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch sat on stage.
"I've been to CNN 'town halls.' They are 100% scripted and rigged to promote their left-wing agenda".
Haab wanted to specifically speak about former military veterans serving as armed security for schools, but it became clear to the network that he meant to give more of a speech than stay in the town hall, question-and-answer format, a source familiar with the production told Newsweek.
It read: 'There is absolutely no truth to this. Some of the other survivors were in attendance during CNN's town hall on Wednesday to tackle the issue of gun control, with some even confronting Florida Sen.
Haab said he also believed that assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who was killed in the shooting while shielding students from the shooter, could have "stopped the threat" if he was armed. It was moderated by Jake Tapper, and students and parents asked questions about gun control and school safety. He said he decided not to attend the town hall after CNN presented him with the prepared question.
During the town hall, Rubio received a chorus of boos when he said that a ban on assault weapons would not have prevented the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "Colton's father withdrew his name from participation before the forum began, which we regretted but respected".