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After so many school shootings Secretary DeVos says safety commission won't focus on gun violen

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Staff Writer | June 6, 2018
Betsy DeVos
America   DeVos said gun violence talk is not for the commission

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate panel that the newly created Federal Commission on School Safety would not study gun violence in schools.

The commission, created in March, weeks after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is headed by DeVos to provide recommendations on how to keep schools safe.

"These recommendations will include a range of issues, like social emotional support, recommendation on effective school safety infrastructure, discussion on minimum age for firearms purchases, and the impact that videogames and the media have on violence," the website for the commission says.

But DeVos downplayed how much the commission would look into firearm violence during a Senate subcommittee hearing.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked her if the body would "look at the role of firearms as it relates to gun violence in our schools."

"That is not part of the commission's charge, per se," DeVos answered.

"So, you're studying gun violence but not considering the role of guns," Leahy replied.

"We are actually studying school safety and how we can ensure our students are safe at school," DeVos responded.

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