During Wednesday’s White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Sanders choked up while answering a young boy’s question about school shootings.
Benje Choucroun, a reporter for TIME for Kids, was described as a “young colleague” by another journalist in the room. Choucroun is reportedly 13 years old and a student at Marin Country Day School in California.
Wrapping up Wednesday’s briefing, Sanders called on Choucroun to ask a question, which he did, reading from a piece of paper in his hands.
“At my school, we recently had a lockdown drill. One thing that affects my and other students’ mental health is to worry about the fact that we or our friends could get shot at school,” he said. “Specifically can you tell me what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?”
Sanders answered calmly at first, but then her voice began to waver as she continued.
“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 said, at that point fighting back tears. “This administration takes it seriously and the school safety commission 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 within our power to protect kids in our schools, and to make them feel safe and their parents feel good about dropping them off.”
"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."— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 30, 2018
During the @WhiteHouse press briefing, @PressSec Sarah Sanders answered a young boy's question about school safety. pic.twitter.com/rwWBZJ6OYN
Sanders also said during the briefing that President Trump would be meeting with the families of the victims of a Texas school shooting during a visit to the state Thursday. Eight students and two substitute teachers were killed during the shooting at Santa Fe High School on May 18.
The young reporter received some accolades from his older counterparts afterwards.