White House press secretary Sarah Sanders seemed to choke back tears during Thursday’s daily press briefing after a child asked a question about the recent spate of school shootings.
A young reporter for Time for Kids, Benje Choucroun, 13, was at the briefing and said he and his friends don’t feel safe at school. “One thing that affects me and other students’ mental health is the worry about the fact we or our friends could get shot at school,” he said at the briefing before asking what the Trump administration is doing to prevent “senseless tragedies” like school shootings. “As a kid and certainly as a parent, there is nothing that could be more terrifying (than) for a kid to go to school and not feel safe,” an emotional Sanders said as she seemed to hold back tears. “So, I’m sorry you feel that way.” Sanders’ voice wobbled and she became visibly upset as she said, “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 to make their parents feel good about dropping them off.”