Betsy Devos Angers Parkland Students with Brief Visit

NATION-NOW     5 things you need to know Wednesday     
       5 things you need to know Wednesday

NATION-NOW 5 things you need to know Wednesday 5 things you need to know Wednesday

This week's Metro Timescover girl - MI 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.

The secretary's visit with students, teachers and administrators at the Parkland, Florida., school took place exactly three weeks after police say a former student opened fire with an AR-15, killing 14 students and three staff members, an event that sparked a fierce debate over how to prevent the next school shooting. She did, however, reportedly pet a dog. Asked if she had any specific ideas for improving school safety, she responded: "The President has advanced a number of issues that Congress will have to consider".

"Good thing I was already planning on sleeping in tomorrow", tweeted Emma Gonzalez. One student who ultimately chose to attend the event later tweeted her disappointment.

Numerous students have become activists in the wake of the shooting and took to social media to offer displeasure at DeVos' visit.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also visited Stoneman Douglas High on Wednesday. "This is in case the press tries to say something else later".

"Do something unexpected: "answer our questions", wrote Aly Sheehy". "I want to talk to her. How about you actually do your job?"

"Some are doing quite well, but all acknowledge it's a day-to-day situation", she said. Opponents say it is impractical and unsafe to call on teachers or school personnel to engage a shooter in a crowded hallway, especially when that shooter could be a student.

"They were obviously very interested in seeing what the adults are going to do about this situation, what they're doing to find common solutions", she said. She "observed and reflected on the site of the shooting by laying a wreath outside the fence of the building", according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education.

The bill includes a controversial measure to arm some teachers and other school personnel who undergo special training sanctioned by the state. She said she doesn't think it should be forced on school districts.

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