Education Secretary DeVos Given U.S. Marshals Service Protection After Protesters Block Entrance to D.C. School

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is receiving protection from the United States Marshals Service, a spokeswoman for the group told CNN Saturday.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Magnet Schools Of America Conference on Feb. 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Magnet Schools Of America Conference on Feb. 15, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The protection, which started Monday, comes after DeVos’ contentious confirmation fight and an encounter with protestors at Jefferson Middle School Academy in southwest Washington earlier this month. One protester blocked the school door DeVos was planning to use and another was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer.

It is uncommon for the Marshals Service to protect a Cabinet member, who receive security protection through their individual agencies.

The is the first time the agency has protected a Cabinet-level position since it safeguarded the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue said Saturday. That position stopped being Cabinet level in 2009.

Donahue would not say whether the protection is a direct response to the protests at Jefferson Middle School Academy.