CNN broadcast a strange announcement during yesterday’s coverage of the school shooting in Washington state, setting off theories that the shooting may have been a premeditated event.
Yesterday it was reported that a freshman student at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School entered the campus and shot multiple people, killing one, before turning the gun on himself.
During live coverage of the unfolding story (above), anchor Brooke Baldwin stated:
“I’m getting handed information, so bear with me as I just read this cold. ‘Local law enforcement under the direction of the Marysville Police Department will be holding… SWAT training…? This was actually yesterday [October 23]. This was yesterday. They held SWAT training. It happened that they held SWAT training yesterday in the, uh, in the area around the school district.”
Researchers ran Google searches and discovered a similar announcement made the previous day by the Marysville School District, which read:
“October 23, 2014: Local law enforcement under the direction of the Marysville Police Department will be holding a SWAT training in the large fenced parking…”
“October 23, 2014: Local law enforcement under the direction of the Marysville Police Department will be holding a SWAT training in the large fenced parking area to the east of the school district Service Center beginning at 5:00PM.”
It is important to note that the full announcement, via a Redditor’simgur post, says that the drill was to be conducted “to the east side of the school district Service Center,” which is not the same as the Marysville-Pilchuck High School, nearly 3 miles away.
Thus, it would seem CNN inadvertently weaved a conspiracy theory through its own incautious misreporting.
Theories are swirling as to why authorities may have wanted to stage a shooting, but generally center around the idea that the event was intended to galvanize voters into supporting gun control measures ahead of November elections.
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