• Student bullied, mistaken for activist makes best of situation

    By: Joe Bruno

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    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - A local student got bullied online and even received death threats because of his name.

    People have mistaken David Hogg for a vocal supporter of gun control earning him thousands of Twitter followers along the way.

    He shares his name with a Parkland shooting survivor from Florida.

    Hogg of Charlotte is staying positive, using the mistaken followers to help brighten up people's holidays.

    Hogg asked his followers for help to buy Christmas presents for children.

    [Charlotte teen mistaken for outspoken Parkland shooting survivor]

    They donated more than $3,000 to Hogg so he could purchase toys for children at Levine Children's Hospital.

    Hogg delivered the gifts on Wednesday, but he didn't buy toys for children only at the hospital.

    While he was in the doll aisle at Walmart buying the gift, he met Emily Hinton.

    In 2015, Emily, who was 1-year-old at the time, suffered serious burns after a gas can exploded outside her family's north Charlotte home. 

    Last week, Hogg invited her to his home so he could give her a special gift -- a Baby Alive doll that he saw her eyeing at Walmart.

    For information on Emily Hinton, click here. 

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