In an ironic twist, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met by a group of protesters when she went to visit Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington D.C. on Friday, forcing her to ditch plans to walk through the front entrance and instead use a rear door.
That’s right: protesters are so angry with DeVos’s alleged incompetence that they gathered in order to literally block her from doing her job.
“Ms. DeVos: Our children are not props,” read one sign, while another proclaimed, “Feminists Are The Majority.” Black Lives Matter was also represented on numerous signs held by the small group of demonstrators.
It was DeVos’s first visit to a public school since she was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, a contentious battle that split the Senate and forced Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.
DeVos sat down with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, Jefferson Academy Principal Greg Dohmann, Superintendent Natalie Gorden, Chief of Schools John Davis, and other school leaders and administrators, the Department of Education said in a statement following the meeting.
“I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” DeVos said. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”