The Secretary of Education is slated to visit Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Wednesday morning-three weeks after a mass shooting that left 17 dead-but not everyone there is looking forward to the visit.
"I'm thankful they came to the game", Wade told the Sun Sentinel newspaper.
Wade's visit was captured on social media, including in a post by Rosalind Osgood, a Broward County school board member who posted a picture of her and Wade.
Wade surprised students Wednesday with a visit during their lunch period. Oliver was buried in a Dwyane Wade Miami Heat jersey last month and the 36-year old shooting guard has continued to pay tribute to him and others who were effected. "As someone from here in the public eye, I'm proud to say I'm from this state because of you guys". "They understand the power of their voices for the ones that often go unheard!" Student survivors of the shooting have said they plan to participate in marches in Washington and cities around the country on March 24 to continue the conversation about gun violence issues.
Wade met with students and teachers and posed for photos. "Joaquin Oliver may you Rest In Peace and i dedicate my return and the rest of this Miami Heat season to you", Wade tweeted after the game. Oliver's family were special guests of Wade's at Saturday's game at AmericanAirlines Arena, and Wade has played with Oliver's name on his sneakers ever since he found out about Oliver. "So I just say thank you".
Wade has already made a touching impact on the Douglas community following the February 14 mass shooting that killed 17 members of the school's community.