Obama Official Says Keep Kids Home to Fight GunsMay 20, 2018 8:30pm

An official from the Obama administration has suggested parents nationwide force Congress to act on gun control by keeping their kids home from school. Arne Duncan, a former US Secretary of Education, made the statement in a tweet on Friday after 10 people were gunned down in an east Texas high school.

"This is brilliant, and tragically necessary," wrote the 53-year-old father of two. "What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe?" Per Duncan's hometown Chicago Tribune, he wrote the tweet in response to a similar one penned by former education department employee Peter Cunningham.

"My family is all in if we can do this at scale," continued Duncan, who now heads up an anti-gun violence organization in Chicago. "Parents, will you please join us?"

In an interview that followed the tweet, Duncan appeared to walk back the statement to a degree.

Calling any such boycott "difficult," Duncan said it's just one of many possible solutions that should be considered in the ongoing debate about gun laws and school shootings.

While the boycott idea appeared to spark interest from parents on social media, some criticized it as impractical for working families of limited means. In an interview with the Washington Post, Duncan blamed a lack of "political courage" for ongoing inaction on the issue.

Friday's shooting in Santa Fe, Texas has reignited debate surrounding gun laws as students from Parkland, Florida's February school shooting jumped into the fray with messages of support to victims and calls to action for politicians.

More From Newser

This article originally appeared on Newser: Obama Official Says Keep Kids Home to Fight Guns

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

ICE agent in Oregon accused of sexual abuse of minorThe Oregon State Police says that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has been arrested after being accused of sexually abusing an underage female relative
El presidente de Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, da un discurso durante una sesión para celebrar la independencia del país el miércoles 12 de septiembre de 2018 en Ciudad de Guatemala. (AP Foto/Oliver de Ros)
Ordenan que se permita regresar a Guatemala a jefe de CICIG
14th suspect arrested in Bronx teen 'Junior' Guzman-Feliz's killing at bodega, report saysPolice in New York City arrested a 14th suspect in connection with the “brutal” stabbing death of teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz in June, according to a report Sunday.
Madden NFL shooting survivor reportedly killed in car crashA survivor of lasts month's mass shooting at a Madden NFL tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, reportedly died Sunday in a car crash.
Illinois schools set up 'active shooter' boxes that look like fire alarmsMore than 20 schools in Illinois reportedly have installed emergency response alarms on campuses in preparation for possible active shooter situations.
7 injured when startled camel bucks at Pittsburgh circusSeven people, most of them children, were injured when a startled camel started bucking during a Pittsburgh circus
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices