Trump's pick for education secretary won't ban guns in schools to protect against grizzly bears

Democratic Senators have made their opposition to Betsy DeVos clear in recent days in letters, speeches and most notably at the hearing.

Trump's pick for education secretary won't ban guns in schools to protect against grizzly bears

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Image: Carolyn Kaster AP/Press Association Images

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for education secretary Betsy DeVos said guns should be allowed in schools in the event of a grizzly bear attack.

During her Senate confirmation hearing, US Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut - where the Sandy Hook tragedy took place - asked Mrs DeVos if she thought guns had any place in or around schools.

Mrs DeVos cited a school in Wyoming, which she said "probably" had a gun in the school "to protect from potential grizzlies".

Ultimately, Mrs DeVos said she will support the President-elect's own proposals to ban gun-free school zones should he move forward with it.

Throughout her hearing, Mr Devos struggled with the senators line of questioning and was often unable to answer questions definitively. When junior senator Al Franken whether standardised testing should gauge students’ proficiency or their growth, Mrs Devos appeared to not understand the difference between the two words

Next Tuesday, the Education Committee will likely approve sending her name to the full chamber when it votes in an executive session next Tuesday. Then, Democrats could attempt to block the nomination on the Senate floor.