#Resist: Protesters Physically Block Betsy DeVos From Entering D.C. Public School

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill  January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

#Resist: Protesters Physically Block Betsy DeVos From Entering D.C. Public School

The new Secretary of Education now knows many Americans will hold her accountable.

Published February 10, 2017

Although Betsy DeVos just started her new job as Secretary of Education, she has already experienced the wrath of protesters. While she attempted to enter a public school in Washington, D.C., DeVos was blocked by protesters.

A man threw himself in front of a staircase and DeVos was then forced to go back into her car and pull away. 

  1. Video footage captured the protesters yelling 'shame' and blocking the door
  2. Protesters yelled while DeVos was escorted back into her vehicle

    “She does not represent anything we stand for!” One protester screamed.

    Eventually, D.C. police were called to the scene, where they arrested one of the men for “assaulting an officer,” reported Buzzfeed News.

    According to several images on Twitter, it looks like DeVos made it into Jefferson Academy from a different entrance. Photos show DeVos in the D.C. school with Antwan Wilson, D.C. public schools chancellor. 

  3. Betsy DeVos later released a statement regarding the incident

    “I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education,” she said. “No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation’s school children.”

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


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