Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan argued on MSNBC Sunday that parents should keep their children from going to school until gun legislation passes.
Duncan, who served under former President Barack Obama, tweeted Friday that “it’s necessary” for parents to hold their children out of school and explained his point further on MSNBC. (RELATED: Dana Loesch: The Media ‘Has Got To Stop Creating’ Mass Shooters)
Duncan stated, “Well I think we have to create attention that hasn’t existed yet and I think only that kind of creative tension can push people to confront an issue that they’d been able to run away from, to hide from, for so long.”
This is brilliant, and tragically necessary.
What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?
My family is all in if we can do this at scale.
Parents, will you please join us? https://t.co/Yo4wsFuJI5
— Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) May 18, 2018
“Either this body count, this loss of life, the killing of innocent children, is acceptable or it’s not,” he added later on in the interview.
Duncan also said that he believes this is a necessary course of action “because everything we’ve done before has been a failure.”
A New York school superintendent, Jim Manly, retweeted his support for Duncan’s plan.
As a Superintendent of schools I have to say I don’t like the idea of kids missing school but the images from Texas mean those 10 kids – and thousands like them – never go to school again. #buybacktheguns
— Jim Manly (@jim_manly) May 18, 2018
The founder of Teach For America, Wendy Kopp, also tweeted her support for the proposed protest.