Last week, a Parkland shooting survivor named Kyle Kashuv visited Washington, D.C., met with a wide range of politicians on both sides of the aisle, and even got to meet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump in the Oval Office. Kashuv is seeking a bipartisan solution for safer schools and has created an application in hopes of doing so.
On Tuesday, Kashuv continued his mission by meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. Pence stated, “We had a productive discussion about bipartisan ways we can address school safety and keep kids safe.”
Great meeting @KyleKashuv today - an extraordinary young man with a heart for helping those around him. We had a productive discussion about bipartisan ways we can address school safety and keep kids safe. pic.twitter.com/HoVnUvcIZl
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) March 13, 2018
Then, Kashuv met with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who gave him a perfect excusal letter from school.
To Whom It May Concern,
Thank you for your leniency with Kyle over the last few weeks. While Kyle has missed some school, he has learned invaluable lessons here in our nation's capital.
My friend finds himself at the center of a debate on how to improve mental health and the safety of our schools. Kyle has brought invaluable insight to our policy discussions, providing a much-needed perspective on an issue of deep personal importance to him and his classmates.
As a top student, Kyle understands that his contributions in the classroom are just as important as his contributions in Congress, which is why I'm glad he will be returning to school soon. In the meantime, rest assured that his work here is shaping legislation in a way that will strengthen the educational experience of students for generations to come.
Kyle is a smart kid, and he's making a real difference here. Thank you, again, for letting him share his views with us.
Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator
Kashuv added the caption, “when the man 3rd in line for the presidency writes you a school excusal letter, you know you've got pull.”
When the man 3rd in line for the presidency writes you a school excusal letter, you know you've got pull.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) March 13, 2018