Under the direction of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, nothing seems to make sense in the American education system. Up is down, two and two no longer equal four and the School Safety Commission — established after the Parkland school shooting in February — will not look at the role of guns in school violence.
DeVos made the declaration earlier this week in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee to the shock of several senators. In March, the secretary had said that "everything was on the table" when referring to the purview of the commission.
Since the Secretary was confirmed in February 2017, there have been more than 100 school shootings. Sixteen of those took place after Parkland.
Secretary DeVos has supported some controversial policies since taking office. She has rolled back protections for transgender students, made it easier for campus sexual predators to get away with their crimes, and erased protection for students defrauded by for-profit universities. But this latest revelation is by far the worst. Her refusal to analyze the role guns play in American school safety is not only malicious, it's woefully negligent and a slap in the face to the brave students of Parkland who are fighting for safer schools.
Instead of fighting for school gun safety, Ms. DeVos, backed by President Trump, is pushing for more guns in the classroom. The administration's pro-gun attitude will do nothing but put money in the pockets of "Big Gun" and more children in an early grave.
This nonsense must end. American students deserve better. We deserve to know exactly how guns endanger our children.
Please sign the petition and demand that the School Safety Commission take a look at the role of guns in American schools and create sound policies to battle school violence.