WASHINGTON (WFLA) – White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders takes a lot of hits and tough questions from the media every day during press briefings. But on Wednesday, a question from a child made this strong woman tear up.
13-year-old Benje Choucroun from California was in the White House briefing room reporting for “Time for Kids.” He said just went through a lockdown drill at his school and is worried about safety.
“My school, we recently had a lockdown drill. One thing that affects mine and other students mental health is to worry about the fact that we or our friends could get shot at school. Can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?” he asked.
Clearly emotional, Sanders replied, “I think that as a kid and certainly as a parent there is nothing that could be more terrifying for a kid to go to school and not feel safe. So I’m sorry that you feel that way. This administration takes it seriously and the School Safety Commission that the president convened is meeting this week. Again, an official meeting to discuss the best ways forward and how we can do every single thing within our power to protect kids in our schools and to make them feel safe and make their parents feel good about dropping them off.”
School violence has taken center stage since the tragic Valentine’s Day shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school.
That school shooting and others that followed have sparked debate, discussion, and some gun law changes.