Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Unsurprisingly, students are disappointed with Betsy Devos' visit to Parkland

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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This week's Metro Times cover girl — Michigan native, and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. today, three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people during a Valentine's Day shooting. It was students' first full day back on campus since the massacre took place.
The visit, which included a news conference, was quite short. Students reported via Twitter that DeVos was on campus for around 90 minutes and only met with a few of their classmates. The majority of student reporters from the school's TV production, newspaper, and yearbook were denied an audience with DeVos, according to one student.
She did, however, reportedly pet a dog.

According to the Huffington Post, DeVos answered few questions following the conference and gave vague answers to those she did field. Those raised were in regards to President Donald Trump's proposal to arm school teachers. DeVos said the possible program has been "mischaracterized" and said it would not be mandatory for all schools. She also told reporters she did not speak with students about the possibility of having armed teachers in the classroom.

DeVos has spoken in favor of keeping guns in schools before. At her circus of a confirmation hearing, she famously said she was interested in keeping firearms on campuses to protect students from "potential grizzlies."

You can read this week's cover story on DeVos here.

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