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Update: The Real David Hogg is back. I just read this tweet from him, which was posted at 7 PM EDT:
I’m back! They reinstated my account just a little while ago, even though Twitter said it ‘would not be restored.’ Thank you to everyone that helped clear this mess up! I’ve been very clear from the beginning that I am not THAT David Hogg.
Twitter has struck again. David Hogg, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. He thrust himself in front of microphones and camera lenses to push for gun control and advocate for other causes. There are questionable people who did not like his message and sought to cause him grief or misfortune.
Enter the Real David Hogg, a North Carolina former high school student who is approximately one year younger. He appears to be a remarkable young man. He works sometimes for pay and sometimes for the heart by mowing lawns, babysitting, etc. He also greatly respects and admires our veterans. Toward that end, he has done volunteer work for veterans. He organized his own small fundraisers for them and for other causes. His younger brother, Jake, even got in on it by making hot pads in red, white, and blue and they would send a pair of hot pads to those that donated. Amidst all that work, David has maintained a grade average higher than 4.0.
David coordinated most of this activity via Twitter as the Real David Hogg.
This past week, the Real David Hogg put together an Amazon wishlist of items he wanted to give to veterans. Most of the items were needful things, but one item was a bit more on the convenience side. It is an inexpensive desk lamp with a touch base. David wrote that he has a couple of them and he really likes them. He said he would like to present veterans with one. He offered a pair of Jake’s hot pads if someone ordered 5. Thanks to God, my life has recently been blessed with some improvements, so I thought now was a good time to finally help others out. I bought the five lamps on Monday, they were delivered on Wednesday, and Jake’s hot pads arrived yesterday. I presented those hot pads to my 78-year-old father and he really liked them. Due to my disabilities (with which I was born), my Dad does most of our cooking.
I had a nice conversation with David via Twitter’s direct-messaging system. He always called me Mr. Ric.
Sadly, those questionable people who wanted to cause mischief for the other David Hogg didn’t try very hard to verify which David Hogg they had found on Twitter and instead sent their malicious messages to the Real David Hogg. The unintentional side effect was that the Real David Hogg continued to gain followers on Twitter.
Some people kept claiming that the Real David Hogg was pretending to be the other David Hogg. I guess they thought he was attempting to siphon off followers from the other one.
I woke up today to find that Traci Hogg, David’s mother was now following me on Twitter. I thought that was curious, so I followed her back and read her recent tweets and found this (now-pinned) tweet:
Help! David Hogg, yes, the REAL David Hogg @realdavidhogg, has been suspended for ‘impersonating’ @davidhogg111. Of course this is a mistake & David wrote Twitter. Below is their response. David is very upset. Can you help? @jack he sent lots of news articles/videos as proof!
[Refer to linked tweet to see the rather large screenshot she posted. -Ric]
The content between the two David Hoggs’ Twitter accounts could not be more different. Only their names and ages are similar.
I didn’t mention it, yet, but the Real David Hogg of North Carolina is a conservative who is for the 2nd amendment. I can no longer access my direct message exchange with him.