NBA star Dwyane Wade on Wednesday visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to meet with students who survived the mass shooting there less than a month ago.
“I just wanted to come and say I’m inspired by all of you. I’m proud to say I’m from this state because of you guys,” Wade told a group of students gathered around him.
The Miami Heat guard stopped by the school just hours after Education Secretary Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosMcAuliffe rolls out new ad hitting back at Youngkin on education Biden DOJ tries to shield DeVos from deposition in lawsuit over student loans The long con targeting student survivors of sexual assault MORE visited.
DeVos did not share details about what she discussed with the students, but said at a press conference that she doesn’t think every community needs to be required to arm teachers.
Wade, who was born in Chicago but has spent almost his entire career playing for the Heat, spoke out after a gunman opened fire at the Parkland high school, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.
Joaquin Oliver, who was killed in the shooting on Feb. 14, was such a fan of Wade that his parents buried him in the player’s jersey.
“It’s emotional even thinking about that, that his parents felt that burying him in my jersey was something that he wanted,” Wade told reporters after learning of Oliver’s story. He has dedicated the rest of his season to Oliver.
The shooting has reignited a national debate over gun control, largely led by survivors of the shooting. They are organizing the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence to be held in Washington, D.C., and other cities nationwide on March 24.