On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton praised the courage of the survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by acknowledging their courage while facing massive social media scrutiny and attention.

“Parkland students, you have shown so much courage in standing up for truth, for your right to attend school safely, & now against these disgusting smears. The good news is, it will only make you louder & stronger,” she posted on Twitter.

Since the shooting, which claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty members, the survivors have been speaking out against gun violence and school shootings. With the support of the public, the survivors have demanded action from the state and federal politicians.

While they have firsthand experience with the failures of modern gun control legislation, they have been discredited in various ways by the opposition.

The students have had their political opinion discredited due to their age, been accused of being crisis actors, and have even been harassed by politicians as well as other public entities.

People with opposing ideologies are cruelly dismissing the voices of the students on the basis that they are too young to understand the topic, despite being old enough to purchase a gun.

Some of the students were victims of conspiracy theories after making appearances on television. Notably, some of the students were accused of being crisis actors that wanted gun control. An aide to a Florida lawmaker and multiple far-right websites have played big roles in pushing this notion.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) had to publicly condemn the conspiracy theories and fire his legislative aide.

Donald Trump Jr. also joined the attack on the survivors. He “liked” a pair of tweets that targeted a teen survivor of the mass shooting. One of those tweets suggested that the boy was a fabrication of the “mainstream media.”

Survivors of last week's shooting and other school shootings attended a White House listening session on Wednesday, where they pressed President Trump, Vice President Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take action.

The session seems to have moved the president, who is considering stronger background checks and bans on gun accessories.

Former President Barack Obama also praised the victims of the shooting, stating that “we've got your backs.”

“Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs.”

 

H/T: The Hill