WATCH: Boy asks question on school shooting during White House briefing

National / World

Fielding questions from journalists is part of the job for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, but Wednesday, a question from a reporter got more than a typical response. 

Benje Choucroun from California was in the White House briefing room reporting for “Time for Kids.”

His question about school violence hit home for Sanders, who is a mother to three young children. 

“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?” asked Choucroun.

“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,” responded Sanders while being visibly emotional. “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 February shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school. 

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