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Betsy DeVos angers shooting survivors at Parkland high school visit, walks out of press conference


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BY JESSICA SCHLADEBECK

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 3:46 PM
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a contentious visit to the site of last month’s Florida school shooting Wednesday, in which she was criticized by survivors and abruptly walked out of her own press conference.


DeVos spent the morning at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where former student Nikolas Cruz gunned down 17 students and teachers on Valentine’s Day. Her visit immediately sparked criticism and backlash from shooting survivors and advocates on social media.

"Secretary Betsy DeVos spoke to me and only a handful of students. She did not properly answer my only question," Kyra Parrow tweeted. "She did not sit down with any students and asked what we wanted. Douglas has 3,000 students. None of them were invited."

Members of the media received similar treatment from DeVos during a press conference later in the morning that lasted only 10 minutes or so. When pressed by reporters on the issue of arming school staff, with questions surrounding training standards and student opposition, DeVos suddenly walked away from her podium.


Taking only a handful of questions before she abruptly ended the brief press conference, DeVos did not discuss the specifics of her conversations with students nor the policies she believes need to be implemented to keep schools safe.

"I told the newspaper reporters that I would love to come back in an appropriate amount of time and just sit down and talk with them," she said amid the brief presser, adding that she toured the school with student journalists.

But Carly Novell, an editor for the student newspaper, "The Eagle Eye," said DeVos "refused to meet/speak with students."

"I don't understand the point of her being here,"
she tweeted.

"One student from each publication (tv prod./newspaper/yearbook) was able to see her and take pictures of her. No one followed her. We are part of a school publication and it's our job to report on a public figure visiting the school."

DeVos also told reporters she made the trip because she wanted "to be there" for students who survived the tragedy, many of whom made it clear the education secretary was not a welcome guest at their school.

“Literally no one asked for this,” student Sarah Chadwick tweeted when DeVos’ visit to the Parkland school was first announced.

While dozens of others suggested protests and walk-outs, there were a select few calling on their classmates to engage with the visiting education chief.

“I’ve decided that I don’t think we should walk out, ignore or block her from entering,” Novell tweeted ahead of DeVos’ arrival. “I want to talk to her I want her to understand what we’re feeling. However, I doubt we’ll be able to discuss anything with her. She’ll probably just give us her sympathies and leave.”

DeVos immediately sparked backlash with her visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Novell said her concerns proved to be warranted and her classmates flocked to social media to put DeVos on notice for her short visit, during which they said she mostly shied away from addressing their concerns.

“Do something unexpected: answer our questions,” Aly Sheehy tweeted at DeVos. “You came to our school just for publicity and avoided our questions for the 90 minutes you were actually here. How about you do your job?”


The brutal massacre at the Parkland school has forced the issue of gun violence and gun safety laws to the forefront, with student survivors fiercely calling for change and stricter regulations. President Trump has since proposed banning bump stocks and arming school staff.

DeVos, who once advocated for arming teachers so that they might protect themselves from bears, also said she would support a program for personnel to be trained to carry firearms.

 
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One student from each publication (tv prod./newspaper/yearbook) was able to see her and take pictures of her, no one followed her. We are part of a school publication and it's our job to report on a public figure visiting the school. [sign in to see URL]

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“Let’s be clear, I think to say ‘arming teachers’ is an over simplification. It isn’t a program that needs to be required or mandated for every community,” she told reporters Wednesday.

The Florida Senate earlier this week passed a provision that allows for school personnel to become certified law enforcement officers and carry weapons on campus. The House is slated to consider the measure — among others, including a bump stock ban and raising the age to buy a gun to 21.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade similarly paid a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday, receiving a significantly warmer welcome than DeVos.

"Can Dwyane Wade be our new secretary of education?" Novell tweeted. "He's done 1000 times more than Betsy DeVos today."



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Three short vids about the subject.

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"Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade similarly paid a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday, receiving a significantly warmer welcome than DeVos."


If she was treated with a cold reception, I can certainly understand why she wouldn't to stick around and talk with idiots.

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If she was treated with a cold reception, I can certainly understand why she wouldn't to stick around and talk with idiots.



Why are you calling high school survivors of a mass shooting that wanted to engage with the Education secretary, "idiots"?

You are on this board crying about "name calling" while you are calling children who survived a mass shooting as "idiots".

You can't get much more lower than that!

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    Allowing emotions to overcome logic and reason is one of the many definitions of an idiot.

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"Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade similarly paid a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday, receiving a significantly warmer welcome than DeVos."


If she was treated with a cold reception, I can certainly understand why she wouldn't to stick around and talk with idiots.



Liars have no credibility on this MB, just ask JOEYANNE.
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sisl,

I guess you didn't realise that by trying to get all haughty about schoolchildren, your own so-called logic and reason makes you look like a sociopathic asshole.

Just for your edification: the definition of PTSD is noted ]thus, and many of the schoolchildren may be suffering from that in the aftermath of seeing friends and family being slaughtered.

A good friend of mine did three tours in Iraq and suffers from PTSD because of that. Someone banged a door shut one day in his presence, and he grabbed his two kids before diving under a table. Logic & reason go out the window when primitive instinct takes hold, and yet he is far from being an idiot.

You need to think long and hard before making such ignorant, idiotic pronouncements.

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Great points LL and can I add that having a plethora of working successful constructs from which to pick and choose from in order to solve a problem, and proceeding to do just that, is intelligent. What is idiotic is having them and not using them at all.

The world has shown us how to handle private ownership of guns with great success and provided numerous working models to pick and choose from and we reject all of them out of hand.

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They gave a sports figure a warm welcome and the government rep. that could do something for them a cold shoulder. I believe she had just approved a million$ for the school for updated security etc.

Probably not idiots but idiotic behavior.

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Hey Elk!!!
Y U such a liar?
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