Derick Dillard Slams Florida School Shooting Survivors -- 'Used For Liberal Agenda'

Steph Bazzle

When Derick Dillard tweets, there is often a strong response, but Dillard's tweet on Wednesday netted more backlash than most. Though Derick's tweet is most directly pointed at the "liberal media," the implicit insult to the survivors of the recent school shooting has many social media users responding to tell Dillard he's wrong on several levels. Primarily, people believe Derick Dillard is denying the students' autonomy by suggesting the agenda isn't their own, and that it's hypocritical for him to say this, because, they assert, Dillard uses children and fetuses to support his own political agendas, and his extended family owes their reality stardom and income to showcasing their own kids.

On February 14, a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire, killing 17 students and staff members. Since that day, survivors of the mass murder have appeared on news programs to share their feelings about the shooting, and the legislation or other actions they believe could have protected their classmates.

Dillard is far from the first to weigh in. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, suggesting the shooting might have been prevented if the FBI hadn't been investigating Russian interference into the 2016 election, and conspiracy theorists have floated the usual claim that the shooting was a "false flag" and that survivors are actors. Newsweek reports that this claim has earned Alex Jones, for instance, a two-week Twitter ban.

As for Derick Dillard, the former reality star held back his opinions on the shooting for the first two weeks, aside from retweeting Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's call to support first responders and families and a video advising pastors on preaching about school shootings.

Neither of these tweets, however, advised what Derick Dillard tweeted two weeks after the mass murder: asserting that the survivors are being used.

In fact, the copies of the email released publicly make it clear that CNN was welcoming Colton Haab to use the question he selected, in which he would suggest that Coach Aaron Feiss could have protected students if he had his own firearm in school that day.

Twitter users pushed back hard, telling Derick Dillard that the agenda belongs to the students, calling him hateful and declaring him a hypocrite.

If you're wondering, yes -- one of Dillard's young brothers-in-law (age 13 at the time) has a line in the video suggesting that viewers should support Santorum for his position on gun rights.

"The Dillards will always be #prolife...from womb to tomb."

However, the way Derick Dillard addressed the survivors of the Parkland shooting is netting him some of the strongest criticism yet. The nation is already on the defense for these kids, who are being accused of being actors, too emotional to weigh in, and political pawns, and Derick Dillard's input was clearly not welcomed by his public following.