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Fact Check- Fabricated CNN headline saying Uvalde parent was sentenced for shoving police officer during school shooting

A fabricated CNN screenshot purportedly reporting that a parent had been sentenced to eight years in prison for shoving a police officer to protect her children during the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas in May 2022 has duped some online. No such headline was published.

A CNN banner is viewable across the top of the screenshot, with a purported headline that reads: “Uvalde parent who shoved officers out of the way to get to her kids has just been sentenced to 8 years in prison for assaulting an officer.”

The image also contains two photographs, with the image to the left showing distraught parents outside Texas’ Robb Elementary School. The image to the right shows a woman dressed in an orange top.

One user who shared the screenshot on Facebook said: “This is absolutely disgraceful. Walking through cowards to save your children is a crime? America is over. Sorry folks. We are done” (here).

Other examples can be found (here), (here), (here), (here) and (here).

The image is fabricated, and no such headline was published by the outlet, a spokesperson for CNN confirmed to Reuters.

A search through CNN’s website did not reveal the supposed article (archive.ph/wip/XYa4m), nor did a search through archived versions of CNN’s homepage (here), (here). A Twitter advanced search similarly did not reveal any such report published by the outlet’s official account (@CNN) (archive.ph/wip/thMSg).

A reverse image search reveals that the image to the left was published by the Daily Beast in an article about the Uvalde shooting (here).

The image to the right is unconnected to the shooting, and instead was captured in 2013 and shows Sarah Renee Knysz, who pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul K. Butterfield II and unlawful driving away of an automobile (here).

Reuters did not find any evidence to support the claim that a parent had been sentenced for trying to protect their children during the shooting.

A Texas legislators' probe of the Uvalde school shooting that left 21 dead, including 19 children, blamed "systemic failures" and poor leadership for contributing to the death toll, a report released in July found (here).

A recent Reuters report on parental concerns ahead of the school reopening can be viewed (here).

VERDICT

False. No such headline was published by CNN reporting that a parent who tried to protect their children at Rob Elementary School during the mass shooting in May 2022 was arrested and has been sentenced. The image is fabricated.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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