A Parkland, Florida, school district official reportedly compared student activist David Hogg to a Nazi on Twitter.
What are the details?
According to the Miami New Times, Wayne Alder, a member of Parkland’s Education Advisory Board and a local attorney, shared several internet memes depicting Hogg as a Nazi.
The outlet reported that the account, which appears to belong to Alder, has been critical of Hogg’s rampant push for gun control and the #NeverAgain movement that has swept the nation since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass killing on Feb. 14 that left 17 dead.
“Parkland,” a tweet on the page once read, according to the outlet, “Here is your future. I won’t be wearing the Broward Brown Shirt.”
The text reportedly accompanied a photo of Hogg.
The New Times has several screenshots of the account purported to belong to Alder.
Another tweet reportedly read, “I’m from Parkland. This is what happens when a town decides to back one political party, one political voice. The tyranny of one voice that is David Hogg.”
What did the school official say?
The New Times reached out to Alder on Thursday, and during a conversation between him and the outlet, Alder claimed that he’d “never posted about Hogg,” but did not deny that he owned the Twitter account.
“I haven’t posted anything about David Hogg myself,” Alder said, according to the outlet. “Not a word. He has a right to say what he wants to say. All I say is that when anyone puts themselves in the public forum, they should expect criticism from people.”
He did, however, admit to having possibly retweeted other users’ comments comparing Hogg to a Nazi.
“Some you agree with, some you don’t agree with,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that you’re in any way sponsoring that idea.”
What about the internet meme on Nazism?
According to the New Times, one of the internet memes that Alder reportedly shared was explicit in its pointing to Nazism, featuring Hogg, standing behind a podium, with a raised fist.
“The lectern bears the Obama symbol, peeling away to reveal a swastika,” the New Times’ article reads.
Alder explained that he didn’t see the Nazi symbol.
“If I retweeted that, I probably shouldn’t have,” he said. “The Nazi thing is not something that should be thrown around easily, and if I retweeted that, it shouldn’t have been retweeted.”
Shortly after the outlet confronted Alder, the Twitter account’s viewer settings were changed to private.