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
© Greg Nash

A graduating high school senior reportedly tore into Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosSpecial counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: report NEA president says Azar and DeVos should resign over school reopening guidance The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

"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 LeahyBipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Battle over timing complicates Democratic shutdown strategy 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 TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 NielsenMore than million in DHS contracts awarded to firm of acting secretary's wife: report DHS IG won't investigate after watchdog said Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments violated law Appeals court sides with Trump over drawdown of immigrant protections MORE, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRoy Moore sues Alabama over COVID-19 restrictions GOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs MORE and DeVos.