Sarah Huckabee Sanders chokes up when kid at White House press briefing asks about school shootings

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  • The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, got emotional at Wednesday’s press briefing when answering a question from a young reporter about school shootings.
  • Sanders said the Trump administration took the issue seriously and would do “every single thing within our power” to prevent more school shootings.
  • There have been nearly two dozen school shootings in the US so far this year in which someone was hurt or killed, according to CNN.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, became emotional at Wednesday’s press briefing when answering a question from a young reporter about a rash of violence in America’s schools.

“At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill,” said Benje Choucroun, 13. “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. Specifically, can you tell me about what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”

Choucroun, a student at Marin Country Day School in California, is in Washington covering the White House’ Sports and Fitness Day for Time for Kids magazine.

Sanders choked up during her response, saying there is nothing more terrifying than for a child to go to school and not feel safe. She told Choucroun she was sorry he feels that way.

“This administration takes it seriously, and the school-safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week … 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,” Sanders said.

There have been nearly two dozen school shootings in the US so far this year in which someone was hurt or killed, according to a CNN analysis. After a recent shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that left 10 people dead, President Donald Trump said the White House would do everything in its power to prevent school shootings.

Trump also said in a speech at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association in Texas earlier this month that he pledged to uphold Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

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