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Marsha Scott
March 8, 2018

Secretary of education Betsy DeVos's visit to Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday could have been a chance for the students to get through to politicians.

Stoneman Douglas High School students and the Parkland, Florida, community have been through a lot over the last month after a Valentine's Day school shooting there left 17 people dead.

"We're committed not only to listening but to action", she told reporters afterward, although she never gave specifics during a nine-minute briefing at a Coral Springs hotel.

Carly later wrote that rather than protest DeVos's visit by blocking her entrance to the school or walking out in defiance, students should educate the secretary. "This is in case the press tries to say something else later". Be bold. Try something unexpected. "I want to talk to her".

"Some are doing quite well, but all acknowledge it's a day-to-day situation", she said.

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An earlier proposal to ban the sale of assault weapons like the AR-15-style rifle used in the school massacre was voted down by the Florida lawmakers even as students who survived the shooting sat in the State Capitol gallery. Opponents say it is impractical and risky to call on teachers or school personnel to engage a shooter in a crowded hallway, especially when that shooter could be a student.

During the visit, De Vos and Stoneman Douglas Principal Ty Thompson "observed and reflected on the site of the shooting by laying a wreath outside the fence of the building", according to a release from the U.S. Department of Education. "I will not support or recommend any measure that seeks to arm our teachers or staff", Byrd said in the video message posted to the district's Facebook page.

President Donald Trump has publicly supported arming teachers who are properly trained as a way of hardening schools against gun violence. She also told reporters she did not speak with students about the possibility of having armed teachers in the classroom.

"Polk County [in central Florida] is a great example here", she added". The sheriff there has started a program to train educators at private colleges, as well as public institutions if it becomes legal.

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