Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Henderson County Sheriff Charles S. McDonald attended a school safety roundtable at the White House with President Donald Trump, State and local leaders, law enforcement officers, and education officials.
Sheriff McDonald, one of 12 attendees to the event, spoke with President Trump, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, and others about addressing the need for school security measures in light of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida. The event was part of an ongoing initiative from the White House to receive feedback on gun safety measures from local officials.
“I appreciate the opportunity to bring a local perspective from western North Carolina to what has become a national conversation,” said Sheriff McDonald. “School security is a multi-faceted issue that is going to take cooperation from numerous stakeholders to bring about change and enhance the safety of our children. I would like to thank President Trump and especially Congressman Mark Meadows for their invitation to share ideas concerning this important issue. Congressman Meadows has always been a great supporter and friend to sheriffs across North Carolina. I want to acknowledge his leadership and thank him for his ongoing support for law enforcement across our great state.”
“I can think of no better individual or professional to represent our district’s schools and law enforcement at the White House than Sheriff Charles McDonald,” Rep. Meadows (R-NC) said. “I’m thrilled that our district had the opportunity to give direct input, straight to the President of the United States, on the issue of keeping our schools, students, and teachers safe. I want to thank Sheriff McDonald for making the trip to Washington, D.C. to speak, the President for his kind invitation, and the White House for hosting the event. No matter where you stand on the issue of gun safety, one principle remains true: the willingness to listen and directly involve American citizens in the conversation is a major part of what makes America great.”
You can watch Sheriff McDonald’s remarks at the event here.
Henderson Co. Sheriff Charles McDonald, seated next to AG Jeff Sessions, participates in School Safety Roundtable