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NBA star Dwyane Wade received with cheers at Parkland high school

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NBA star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat was met with cheers on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when he met with students who have been advocating for gun control since the Valentine’s Day shooting that left 17 people dead.

Students from the Florida school said Wade, who reportedly visited in part because one of the students killed in the shooting was buried in his jersey, had a “more personable conversation” with the teens than Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos did during her Wednesday visit.

In tweets, Wade said he had a “great conversation” with students and was inspired by their activism.

In the wake of the mass shooting, teens from the school have used social media and met with political leaders to call for common sense gun control laws. On Wednesday, students shared videos of Wade’s visit.

“I just wanted to come here today and hopefully, for a moment, for a second, bring a little of this — bring a little excitement,” Wade said as students cheered in the cafeteria.

“As someone out here in the public eye, I’m proud to say I’m from this state because of you guys and because of the future of this world because of you guys,” he added. “So, I’ll just say, thank you, man. MSD strong, all the way. Thank you all for the love.”

Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old who has been active in the student-led gun control movement, tweeted her gratitude for Wade’s visit, adding that she “can’t say the same” for DeVos. Other students on Wednesday had tweeted their disappointment with the secretary of education’s press conference at the school.

“Dwyane Wade had a longer, more personable conversation with us than the secretary of education,” Corin told BuzzFeed News.

Wade tweeted last week that one of the students killed in the Parkland shooting, 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, was a Miami Heat fan and was buried in Wade’s No. 3 jersey.

H/T BuzzFeed News

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.