Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with students, teachers and administrators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Secretary was greeted by Principal Ty Thompson, Assistant Principal Denise Reed and Superintendent Robert Runcie. Secretary DeVos continued to the guidance office to talk with school counselors followed by the Media Center to greet support staff who have been temporarily working at Stoneman Douglas to help faculty and students upon their arrival back at school.
Principal Thompson and Secretary DeVos then observed and reflected on the site of the shooting by laying a wreath outside the fence of the building.
Secretary DeVos then arrived at the auditorium for a "Personalization Course" and to talk with students and teachers who were working on individual projects. The school newspaper reporter, broadcasting student and year book photographer accompanied the Secretary throughout the visit.
The program for the visit was developed in conjunction with the requests and recommendations of Principal Thompson to provide minimal disruption on students' first full day back in the school.