FLORISSANT, Mo. – President Donald Trump called on Congress to act quickly on gun laws Wednesday during a meeting with a group of bi-partisan lawmakers.
Part of Trump’s proposal to keep kids safer in the classroom is arming teachers.
After the world learned the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida didn’t go inside during the shooting, President Trump questioned officers’ commitment to the duty.
"See, a security guard doesn't know the children, doesn't love the children,” Trump said.
But those words don’t ring true inside McCluer North High School in Florissant, where Officer Freddie Lee has patrolled the halls for nearly a decade.
"So not only do I know these kids, I usually know their siblings and their aunts and uncles,” he said.
Officer Lee disagrees with the President’s comments. He said not only does he love the kids, he’d put his life on the line for them.
"If the worst-case scenario happened, I would not hesitate for one second to do my job,” he said.
While the job often goes unnoticed, students said they appreciate the work Lee does.
"I want to trust the person, who, my life is in their hands, rather than not know who they are,” senior Rami Awawda said.
Lee started a mentorship program for students interested in law enforcement, and he received a national VFW award for the program last year.