Black Lives Matter Protesters Block Secretary DeVos from DC School
Betsy DeVos, the newly sworn in Secretary of Education, was physically blocked from entering Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington DC today by a group of Black Lives Matter protesters.
Betsy DeVos, in her first visit to a public school as head of the U.S. Department of Education, tried to enter a Washington, D.C., middle school this morning but was met with a small group of protesters.
They created a barrier to the entrance of Jefferson Middle School Academy, forcing DeVos to turn around and return to her vehicle.
“She doesn’t represent anything that they stand for,” one protester said.
“Shame. Shame. Shame,” chanted another protester, who followed DeVos to her car.
DC has the fastest growing urban school district in America. We welcome @BetsyDeVos & anyone who wants to learn more about our schools.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) February 10, 2017
Just heard a protester blocked & almost knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson.We don’t condone such acts.We want her to go to pub schls
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) February 10, 2017
Agree or disagree w @BetsyDeVos on any issue, but let’s all agree she really needs to be in public schools. Please let her in.
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) February 10, 2017
The responses on that last Twitter thread were 95% negative, calling for her to resign, not be allowed anywhere near a school, and other vicious garbage spewed by the ‘tolerant’ left.
Eventually, Secretary DeVos was able to get inside the school.
— NSC Partners (@NscpAssociation) February 10, 2017
Afterwards, Ms. DeVos addressed the incident with this statement:
“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children…Focusing on their students and families is at the heart of Jefferson Academy’s approach, and that’s exactly what I believe is at the heart of providing an exceptional education. Great teachers and leaders help make great schools, and I was honored to speak with Jefferson’s team about our shared commitment to strengthening public education.” Betsy DeVos
Featured photo via screenshot of WJLA video