Kurt Vonnegut's seminal novel Slaughterhouse-5 was subtitled, "The Children's Crusade." The Children's Crusade really happened. At one point, the geniuses in charge of medieval Europe assumed that it would take the innocence of children to take on the marauders occupying the Holy Lands during those "good ol' days" of Deus Vult. Well, obviously it was a disaster. It turns out that preteens just don't generally make the best warriors, especially in medieval era combat.
The new children's crusade grew out of the Parkland shooting. At its surface, this is a grassroots movement led by the children and for the world. As it turns out, however, the grassroots may actually be somewhat astroturfed. Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Steven Spielberg and even Jared Kushner's little brother have collectively given millions.
In addition to the big money and big names (which also include Jimmy Fallon and Justin Bieber) supporting the "spontaneous" march, there are other issues some have brought up. For instance, there are those who found it somewhat suspect that David Hogg had a cozy relationship with news media long before he became the media darling he was today, from attending a day camp for aspiring journalists run by CNN to apparently being coached on what to say while on camera for the self-same media giant. Then there's the fact that other students have come out saying that they declined taking part in the CNN "town hall" event when they refused scripted answers.
Then there's also the case of a tweet a Twitter user who claims they are a student from a California public school alleging administration is forcing students to participate. Since the person in question is underage, we won't report their name, but I did track down the profile and it appears to belong to a high school age Republican, but we cannot verify their claims currently though we will be reaching out via Twitter to learn more if possible.
“I am a student in a California public school. We are being forced to participate in the #MarchForOurLives walkout by our administrators.”
In a second tweet, the student further elaborated.
“When you see the news reporting on this, believe me, the students were forced to protest. Do not think that this is an actual uprising. It’s not. It’s staged.”