When asked about whether there should be gun-free zones around schools, Betsy DeVos dodged and said some schools might need a gun. She gave the example of a Wyoming school that needs protection from grizzly bears.

 

School officials in Wyoming at the district in question said the school has strong fences but no guns are allowed. The school has 10 students and was quite surprised to be the center of national attention.

 

“(CNN)The superintendent for a rural Wyoming school cited by education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos in Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing says they have no guns for grizzly bear at Wapiti School.

 

“Ray Schulte, superintendent for Park County School District No. 6, told CNN Wednesday he was at the school board meeting Tuesday night when he got word one of their local school had been mentioned by DeVos.

 

“I noticed the gal mentioned Wapiti School,” he said.

 

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, who represents Sandy Hook, the site of the 2012 school shooting, had asked DeVos if she believed guns have “any place in and around schools.”
Citing grizzlies, Betsy DeVos says states should determine school gun policies

 

“I think that is best left to locales and states to decide,” she said.

 

After Murphy pushed DeVos, she brought up a story Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi told about a school with has fences around it to protect against grizzly bears.

 

“I will refer back to Sen. Enzi and the school he is talking about in Wyoming. I think probably there, I would imagine there is probably a gun in a school to protect from potential grizzlies,” she said.
Schulte said it’s against state law to have guns at school.
“We do not allow weapons on school property,” he said.

 

 

 

Wyoming school district cited by DeVos: Grizzlies, yes; guns, no
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/politics/betsy-devos/index.html