Some parents were apparently outraged when Ivanka Trump showed up at their children’s high school, prompting many of them to take their children out of school for the day. The parents argued that they should have been told in advance of Trump’s visit so they could decide if they wanted their children to be present or not.
The parents indicated that they were not informed President Trump’s daughter would be making a visit to Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School. Some indicated that they understood the need for security for the president’s daughter, but they were still upset.
One parent in particular, Karey Fitzgerald, spoke to News 12 Connecticut to express her anger with how the school handled the situation.
“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” she said. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”
Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon stated that the Trump visit was kept from most teachers as well.
“The teachers were alarmed to get to school and see there was a high police presence, big parts of the building closed down with no communication about what was going on,” she said on a blog that parents created after the event.
According to the Daily Mail, Trump was there to speak on the importance of an education. “To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real-life skills into a classroom environment but then coupling it with real-life experience through internship creates this really beautiful virtuous angle,” she said.
Trump was accompanied by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty who brought the NECA program to the attention of students. The NECA program allows a student to get a high school education and an associate’s degree in four years, according to the program’s website.
It is hard to imagine that anyone would be upset by a visit designed to encourage education among the nation’s youth. In times past, a visit from a president’s daughter would be an honor.