(WJLA) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was physically blocked by protesters from entering Jefferson Academy in SW, D.C. Friday morning. This was her first visit to a public school.
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DeVos turned away and left, ABC7 reporter Sam Sweeney told us. She did eventually get into the school, Sweeney confirmed.
The protesters created a barrier to the entrance of the school, and began shouting.
One protester yelled, “She doesn’t represent anything that they stand for.” Followed by chants, of “shame, shame, shame.”
The Washington Teacher’s Union organized a gathering outside the school, but were not among the protesters who blocked her. They arrived earlier in the day and greeted DeVos in peace, but with a strong message.
The union, who said they did not support DeVos’ nomination, also stated that they hoped she would be successful. They said if DeVos succeeds in her new role then everyone succeeds – including all public schools and teachers.