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Krueger writes: "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday morning, where she briefly met with students who seemed to make clear that she was not a welcome guest."

Betsy DeVos. (photo: Getty Images)
Betsy DeVos. (photo: Getty Images)

Parkland Students Let Betsy DeVos Know She's Not Welcome at Their School

By Katherine Krueger, Splinter

07 March 18


ducation Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schoolon Wednesday morning, where she briefly met with students who seemed to make clear that she was not a welcome guest.

Although DeVos was slated to “connect with students and teachers” during the event—which was closed to the media—Carly Novell, a senior and editor at the school’s student publication The Eagle Eyeand a survivor of the massacre, tweeted her honest assessment of the visit and said DeVos refused to meet with students.

That was basically the sentiment other students offered up when DeVos’ visit was announced:

In a press conference—which abruptly ended after less than 10 minutes when reporters pressed DeVos for answers about gun control and arming teachers—DeVos condescendingly said the student newspaper reporters who followed her on the walkthrough are “obviously very, very interested in seeing what adults are going to do about this, about this whole situation.”

“I told them that I’m very interested in hearing from them,” she added.

Asked about her previous remarks that she’s in favor of arming teachers—she infamously cited the potential for grizzly bear invasions as one reason for guns in schools—DeVos demurred.

“Let’s be clear, I think to say ‘arming teachers’ is an oversimplification and a mischaracterization, really,” she began. “The concept is for those schools and those communities that opt to do have people who are expert in being able to defend and having lots and lots of training in order to do so.”

She went on to say that arming teachers “should be an option for schools” but “not one that need be mandated for every community.” Asked whether she talked to the Stoneman Douglas students about the possibility of arming teachers, DeVos tersely responded: “We didn’t have a conversation about that.”

“I was just there to be there,” she said. “I told the student newspaper reporters that I would love to come back sometime.”

Judging how this visit went, along with the chilly reception DeVos seems to get wherever she goes, I wouldn’t count on it.

Splinter reached out to the secretary’s office for clarification on whether DeVos formally met with Stoneman students. We’ll update this post if they respond. your social media marketing partner


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+26 # DongiC 2018-03-07 22:02
Where does Trump find such misfits for cabinet positions? He has a real talent for appreciating and appointing to high office those who are most incompetent. Vos and Pruitt easily outdistance all the rest.
+25 # Wise woman 2018-03-08 00:53
These young people are no fools and won't suffer any. I'm hoping they'll bring this country (kicking and screaming by some), to its senses. They're our great (black and white) hope.
+25 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 01:05
I love these kids so much.
+18 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-08 09:16
Exactly! When I think back to what I was like in high school and how clueless I was to what was going on in the outside world, I stand in awe of what these students have accomplished and how well they've done. This is the educational attainment that devos is trying to destroy.
+18 # laborequalswealth 2018-03-08 11:45
What a useless piece of protoplasm this over-privileged , clueless woman is. She explifies the ignorant stupidity of the American plutocracy.

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