Newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met with aggressive protesters when she tried to visit Jefferson Middle School Academy in southwest Washington, D.C., Friday morning.
The protestors blocked her from walking up stairs to enter the school and then followed her to her car, yelling at her while she tried to leave.
One of the protesters yelled, “She does not represent anything that they stand for.”
Another protester accused her of buying her nomination, saying, “She’s giving money to senators and buying your way to position.”
According to WJLA, the protest was organized by the Washington Teachers’ Union. One protester was arrested at the scene.
Although a union organized the protest, their actions were condemned by one of the country’s largest teachers’ unions.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, wrote in a tweet, “Just heard a protester blocked & almost knocked Secy @BetsyDeVos down at Jefferson.We don’t condone such acts.We want her to go to pub schls.”
This is a rocky start for DeVos, who won her nomination by an extremely narrow margin after Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, tweeted out a response to protesters after she was blocked, writing, “Don’t we want the Sec of Education to visit schools?”