WASHINGTON (ABC7) — US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told senators Tuesday a school safety commission she led would not be focusing on gun control proposals.
A Montgomery Blair High School graduate’s line of questioning resulted in an apparently different stance from the Deputy Education Secretary.
When asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday whether the Federal Commission on School Safety would look into the role that gun availability has in school shootings, Education Secretary DeVos replied, “That is not part of the commission’s charge, per se.”
“That was very disappointing. I definitely wanted to address that issue because gun control is a central part of this issue of school safety," said Michael Yin, who graduated from Montgomery Blair High School Tuesday.
DeVos was not present at Wednesday’s hearing.
Yin’s speech to the commission caused Deputy Secretary Mick Zais to immediately respond that the commission would look into whether to recommend “confiscation of firearms from those with identified mental illnesses” and adding additional age restrictions for gun purchases.
The Commission will hold three additional listening sessions that have yet to be scheduled.