Fake Photo Of Activist Emma González Tearing Up U.S. Constitution Goes Viral

The out Parkland survivor has been poorly Photoshopped.

National Rifle Association supporters have been accused of doctoring a photo of Emma González, outspoken survivor of the devastating mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.

A tweet from user “Linda NRA Supporter” shared the image of the student activist, Photoshopped to look like she’s ripping up the U.S. Constitution. “Proudly shredding The Constitution,” read the tweet. “Horrifying to every educated American.”

The original image was taken from a recent Teen Vogue photo shoot for which González actually tore up a sheet of paper used for target practice.

It was determined that the incendiary tweet had come from a fake account, likely a bot, that has since been banned by Twitter.

A now-viral tweet from Don Moynihan, a Wisconsin-based professor of government, shows the fake image alongside the original photo. He also discovered a doctored gif, shared by a verified account, of González appearing to rip up the Constitution.

“It’s not a very good fake, but if you want to believe, you will believe,” Moynihan writes. “Underlines how vulnerable social media is to lies.”

Moynihan adds that he has received many responses from Twitter users defending the doctored image and arguing that yesterday’s March For Our Lives rallies, where students demanded an end to gun violence in our schools and communities, were an assault on the Constitution.

In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and faculty, survivors from the Parkland, Florida, school have galvanized a nationwide youth-led movement calling for gun reform.

As the final speaker at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., González let tears stream down her face during a prolonged moment of silence that marked the six minutes and 20 seconds it took for the Parkland shooter to complete his reign of terror.

“Fight for your lives before it’s someone else’s job,” she told the crowd.

González, who first made headlines with her moving call-to-action at a gun control rally after the shooting, is openly bisexual and the president of her school’s GSA.

The 18-year-old activist was among the Parkland survivors who recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. “We know that the politicians are going to say ’thoughts and prayers,’ and that’s not what we want to happen this time around,” she told Maddow. “We want this to stop—it’s time to break the pattern.”

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