Sarah Huckabee Sanders tears up after young student's question

Sarah Huckabee Sanders tears up after young student's question
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Notoriously tough White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was close to tears after facing a difficult question from a young student.

At a press briefing on Wednesday (local time), 13-year-old Benje Choucroun said: "At 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."

He then asked: "Specifically, can you tell me about what the administration has done and will do to prevent these senseless tragedies?"

Mr Chouchron was at the White House covering its Sports and Fitness day for Time for Kids Magazine, according to Business Insider.

Ms Sanders said she was sorry that he felt that way.

"This administration takes it seriously," she said.

"The school safety commission that the President convened is meeting this week 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."

More than 5000 children have been shot since President Donald Trump took office, according to non-profit research group Gun Violence Archive.