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Parkland Survivor's Mom: Trump Hugged Him, but School Didn't Even Know He'd Been Shot

David Hogg speaks during the "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control in Washington, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The media has focused plenty of attention on Parkland survivors since the February 14 massacre, but mostly on the survivors who  A) were not wounded and B) demand gun control.

It sounds like the school itself — which even allowed the pro-gun control students to skip classes for media appearances — may have done the same.

One Parkland mother is speaking out. She claims that her son — a survivor in the sense that he was actually shot — has been completely ignored by the school administration. Lisa Olsen, mother of William Douglas, blasted the Broward County school board on Tuesday.

“Even the president of the United States, the first lady, the governor, the attorney general, the chief of staff, and the senator had time to hug my son, but not my school district and not my son’s principal,” she said.

“He is one of the true survivors. It wasn’t until the soft opening on that Sunday afternoon at MSD that anyone even was aware that William had these bullet injuries. I actually had to show a district staff member Williams x-rays to verify them. How could the district fail to contact each of the students in the classrooms where murders and injuries occurred. This borders on negligence.”

I have to disagree with her. It “borders” on nothing. It is negligence.

How do they not know one of their students was shot? How could this get missed?

Of course, these are the same school and county officials who failed to act as Nikolas Cruz gave them dozens and dozens of officially recorded incidents.

Olsen continued: “The silence coming from the Broward School District speaks volumes. It seems to me and to my son that high-speed media events and politics have gotten in the way of helping those who have been hurt.”

“The district’s first concern should be MSD’s students and families that have been most affected and injured. Photo ops and press conferences seem to be the districts focus rather than focusing on those who are suffering and trying to come to terms with what had happened.”

Lisa Olsen sure appears to have the evidence for her criticism. We’ve seen non-stop media squabbles rather than a total focus on all the kids with physical wounds and emotional struggles.

Apparently this district’s priorities were so off that administrators needed x-rays for proof, somehow missing that President Trump had visited him in the hospital.