"I barricaded the door with desks and tables and shut the lights." So recounted substitute teacher David Briscoe to CNN in May 2018 after a school shooting left 10 dead at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Briscoe was hailed as a hero as he told his story about protecting his students to other outlets as well, including Time, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Wall Street Journal. One big problem: The Texas Tribune now reports that no David Briscoe ever worked at the school —and "it appears his entire story was an elaborate hoax." Details:
- Unraveling: The story began falling apart when Briscoe reached out to Tribune reporter Alex Samuels in April suggesting an interview on the one-year anniversary of the shooting. The story includes their exchanged texts, and the two subsequently had a 31-minute recorded interview. The Tribune was apparently the first outlet to vet Briscoe's story, however, and when Samuels asked to meet after the interview to fact-check some things, Briscoe balked.
- New story: Briscoe now claims that someone must have stolen his identity and talked to the above-mentioned media outlets using his name. He has begun deleting former tweets about the shooting and is not responding to requests for comment, per the Tribune.