DeVos Backs Arming Teachers After Parkland Visit

The Hill reports:

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended President Trump’s plan to arm some teachers to protect students from shootings in remarks on Wednesday after visiting the site of the Parkland, Fla. high school massacre. “Let’s be clear. I think to say ‘arming teachers’ is an oversimplification and a mischaracterization, really,” DeVos told reporters after meeting with students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“The concept is for those schools and those communities that opt to do this is to have people who are expert in being able to defend, and having lots and lots of training in order to do so.” Students from the school have launched a national effort to address gun violence and school shootings in the wake of the tragedy, with a pro-gun control “March for Our Lives” planned for the National Mall in Washington later this month.