Baltimore Paying $100K to Send Students to Gun Control Rally — But Couldn't Afford to Heat Classrooms

| MAR 8, 2018 | 3:48 PM


The city of Baltimore is spending around $100,000 to send students to a gun control rally, but in January, it couldn't even afford to heat its classrooms.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D) said the city plans to spend tens of thousands of dollars to send students on a fleet of free buses to the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., later this month.

She defended the spending, according to The Baltimore Sun, by saying the country “needs to hear the voices of the young people of Baltimore.”

But the Maryland city couldn't even afford to keep those same young people warm at the beginning of the year, CNN reported. In fact, Baltimore had to close its schools because the heating systems weren't keeping up with the low temperatures.

Former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin, a Baltimore native who now teaches in the city, said at the time the thermometer that came with his first-aid kit showed it was 40 degrees in his classroom at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School one day.

“My students were freezing,” he told CNN. “Most were wearing coats, but some don't have them.”


But instead of investing the money in much-needed repairs, Pugh wants to use the cash to send a political message by sending students to the March 24 event.

It should be noted that, according to Pugh, some of the money is being provided by private sector donors.

The March For Our Lives rally was organized in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured.

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