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 DeVosMueller investigation witness pleads guilty to child sex crime charges Proposed changes to Title IX will not solve the problem of sexual assaults on college campuses US officials say Erik Prince may have violated Venezuela sanctions: report 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.


"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 LeahyOvernight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request Senate Dems urge Esper to oppose shifting Pentagon money to border wall Senate opens Trump impeachment trial 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: report MORE, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report MORE and DeVos.