Student rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns

Student rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns
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A graduating high school senior reportedly tore into Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosVoters should keep eye on 2018 races for state attorneys general Dem lawmakers demand review of Education Department ethics program over official tied to for-profit colleges Restoring the power of the purse MORE and her school safety commission for their “misguided and inefficient” efforts to improve school safety without addressing guns.

Alessia Modjarrad from Montgomery County, Md., attended the public forum at the Education Department and told DeVos’s commission that their efforts to improve school safety were not working.

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"We, the students, experience the American school system every day. We used to sit in classrooms waiting for something to be done," Modjarrad said, according to CNN.

"I don't want to be scared. I don't want to think that, at any moment, someone with a gun could walk in and hurt us all."

American students have become leading gun-control activists in the wake of several high-profile school shootings, including in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas.

Modjarrad, who is also an activist, told the commission that students are using their voices to speak out for change. 

"I would ask to please consider the possibilities that guns are the most important aspect of the purview of this commission," she said.

The event comes one day after DeVos told lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that the commission will not focus on the role of firearms in gun violence at American schools.

“That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se,” DeVos told Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyStudent rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns DeVos: Safety commission won’t focus on role of guns in school violence Stakeholder group urges Senate panel to fund Amtrak, Northeast Corridor MORE (D-Vt.) at the hearing Tuesday.

"I see,” Leahy responded. “So, you're studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns."

“We’re actually [studying] student school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school,” DeVos said.

During the commission session on Wednesday, Modjarrad called on DeVos to reconsider its "current complicit stance on the role of guns in school safety,” CNN reported.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE established the panel in March to “study and make recommendations” on a range of topics, which included age restrictions for certain firearm purchases.

The group is comprised of four of Trump's Cabinet members: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry MORE, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLaura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' Merkley leads Dem lawmakers to border amid migrant policy outcry DHS secretary defends Trump administration's migrant policies MORE and DeVos.