Parents Pull Kids From School When Ivanka Shows Up (Photos)

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First daughter Ivanka Trump's unannounced visit to a Connecticut high school was not welcomed by the parents of some students. 

Some parents pulled their children from class when they found out about the Dec. 18 visit, reports the Daily Mail.

They expressed concern at not being informed in advance that President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser was coming to Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School (NECA).

"This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons," said parent Karey Fitzgerald to News 12 New Jersey. "I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home."

NECA was launched in 2014, becoming the first school in Connecticut to allow high school students to earn a high school diploma and an associate's degree.

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In partnership with Norwalk Community College and IBM, NECA uses the latter's P-TECH model to prepare students for careers in technology and engineering, reports The Hour, a Norwalk-based newspaper.

On her visit to the school, Ivanka Trump was joined by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

Security was so tight that not even teachers were informed about the appearance, says Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon. 

"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 to a local blogger. "We were relieved that it was a big visit and some positive press but in light of the Sandy Hook anniversary, in light of the scare at McMahon, we really worried that there was something else going on. Without clear communication, it's hard to know how to function."

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Norwalk Public Schools Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams says the visit was made public the day of the event. 

But Yordon argues that there should have been some advance notification. "To be clear, teachers would not have expected to be told exactly what was going on of course," she said. "However, some brief communication would have been much appreciated, just as was done for parents, for example, or simply that there was no safety risk." 

During the visit, Ivanka Trump discussed the importance of career education, something she's been pushing for at schools around the country.

"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. 

Sources: Daily Mail, News 12 New Jersey, The Hour / Featured Image: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Ivanka Trump/Snapchat via Daily Mail

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