RI lawmaker calls Parkland shooting survivor 'dummy' on Twitter


    A tweet that state Rep. Michael Chippendale, R-Foster, directed at a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting is getting national attention. (Twiter)

    A tweet that Rhode Island state Rep. Michael Chippendale directed at a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting is getting national attention.

    Survivor Emma Gonzalaz posted on Twitter Sunday morning against arming teachers with guns.

    In her tweet, she references the man who shot and killed four people at the Waffle House in Tennessee as one of her reasons why there shouldn't be weapons in schools.

    Gonzalez wrote, in part, “Looks like you don't need to arm a teacher -- or a resource officer -- to stop a shooting.”

    Just after 7 a.m. Monday, Chippendale posted a response.

    “But if he DID have a gun - the police still wouldn't be searching for the gunman, and the entire region wouldn't be on lockdown...dummy,” he tweeted.

    A tweet that Rhode Island State Representative Michael Chippendale directed at a survivor of the Parkland High School shooting is getting national attention.

    That tweet was later deleted from the representative's account, whose constituents are from western Coventry, Foster, and Glocester.

    Though he appeared to backpedal, users on Twitter pounced on a different tweet Chippendale made, apparently to Gonzalez.

    “Remember the good old days when people who considered themselves journalists actually were?” Chippendale wrote.

    Gonzalaz first drew national attention after a speech she gave at a rally against gun violence went viral, saying there's a lack of action by politicians funded by the NRA.

    Meanwhile, Chippendale has not returned NBC 10’s call for comment.

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