Kids Are Worried 'They Could Get Shot': Young Journalist Asks Sanders About School Shootings
A young journalist asked Sarah Sanders a question about school shootings at Wednesday's press briefing, causing the White House press secretary to choke up.
The boy, who was not immediately identified, said he recently had a "lockdown drill" in his classroom in response to recent school shootings.
"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."
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He said that he and his friends are concerned the effect such drills have on their "mental health," and that they worry about getting "shot at school."
He asked what the Trump administration is doing to "prevent these senseless tragedies."
Sanders said she was sorry that some children feel unsafe in American schools but promised the boy that President Donald Trump is doing all he can within his purview to prevent such shootings.
"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," she said, holding back tears.
"This administration takes it seriously," she said, adding that Trump's school safety commission is meeting again this week to find the "best way forward."
President Trump has called for some teachers to be armed after 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida in February. An attack at Santa Fe High School in Texas left 10 people dead earlier this month.