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 DeVosCollege should profit students and taxpayers — even at for-profit schools On The Money: Trump, in reversal, says he's not looking at tax cuts | Trump calls himself 'chosen one' to fight China on trade | CBO finds spending deal to add .7T to deficit Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans 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 LeahyAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Graham moves controversial asylum bill through panel; Democrats charge he's broken the rules 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 NielsenDOJ to Supreme Court: Trump decision to end DACA was lawful Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign Trump casts uncertainty over top intelligence role MORE, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda MORE and DeVos.