Betsy DeVos was right: Bear puts schools on lockdown


By Brian Manzullo - Detroit Free Press



DETROIT — For those who ridiculed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for mentioning “potential grizzlies” as a reason for keeping a gun in schools for safety, it may be time to start lining up to apologize: A bear put a pair of Connecticut schools on lockdown this week.

Two schools in Southington, Conn., were placed in “Secure School Mode” when a black bear was spotted nearby Tuesday morning, according to WFSB.com.

Though the bear eventually moved away from the schools and the “Secure School Mode” was only brief, the report says emails were sent out to parents and the schools took precautions to keep schoolchildren safe.

The timing of this incident is uncanny.

A few weeks ago, DeVos — a West Michigan native and Detroit charter schools advocate — was widely mocked when she suggested during her confirmation hearing that educators may need “a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies.”

Her point was whether the issue of guns in American schools is “best left to locales and states to decide.” But social media went off the rails after the “grizzlies” comment, with most people saying it’s preposterous to suggest a gun should be in a school, around schoolchildren, due to a threat of bears.

Even though a gun wasn’t needed in this situation, a bear was found near a school — in Connecticut, not in Wapiti, Wyo., the school DeVos was referring to when she made the “grizzlies” comment.

DeVos was narrowly confirmed as secretary of education in a historic 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.

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By Brian Manzullo

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