WATCH | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was blocked by protesters from entering a school in DC Friday.
(Video courtesy of WJLA)
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she would not be deterred from executing the mission of the federal agency after an incident occurred earlier Friday in which protesters had physically blocked a school she was attempting to enter.
"I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education," she said in a statement. "No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children."
Video shows DeVos turning away and leaving according to ABC7 reporter Sam Sweeney with our partner station WJLA. It is unclear if she attempted another door.
DeVos was preparing to attend Jefferson Academy early Friday morning after the gathering was organized by the Washington teacher's Union.
The union, who said they did not support DeVos' nomination, also stated they hope that she is successful. They said if DeVos succeeds in her role than everyone succeeds - including all public schools and teachers.
The union said they want DeVos to know they support free public schools, and equal education opportunities for all children.
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