Teen journalist’s question about gun safety makes press secretary choke up

U.S. & World

WASHINGTON (WCMH) — A question from a fledgling reporter Wednesday seemed to bring Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to tears. 

Among the reporters gathered for the press briefing was 13-year-old Benje Choucroun.

Choucroun, a reporter with TIME for Kids, was at the White House for an event later in the afternoon. Sanders called on him during the question-and-answer session. 

“At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill,” Choucroun began. “One thing that affects my and other students’ mental health is the worry about the fact that we or our friends could get shot at school. Specifically, can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”

“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,” Sanders replied, appearing to choke back tears. “This administration takes it seriously, and the school safety commission that the president convened is meeting this week again in an official meeting to discuss the best ways forward, and how we can do every single thing in our power to protect kids in our schools and to make them feel safe and make their parents feel good about dropping them off.” 

TIME Magazine identified Choucron as one of their reporters. 

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