Fourth-Grader Is 'Pardoned' By Governor For Stealing A Pen After Writing Heartfelt Apology

He also took a single hazelnut from the U.S. Capitol Building.

A child from Oregon recently realized that stealing was not worth the guilt he felt inside. The fourth-grader named Samuel stole a pen and single hazelnut during a visit to the home of the United States Congress. He felt so bad about it, he wrote to his representative asking for forgiveness. 

Gov. Kate Brown (D) shared the letter she received on Facebook last week, along with a blue pen and $1 bill that was enclosed along with it. 

"My class visited the capital on April 19. While we were there, I took a hazelnut and pen from the Capitol Building. These things were not mine and it was wrong for me to take them. I'm very sorry. I hope you and the people of Oregon can forgive me," Samuel wrote. "P.S. Here is the pen I want to return and money to replace the hazelnut." 


Gov. Brown penned a handwritten note back accepting Samuel's apology and addressed him directly in her Facebook post. "Samuel, in exchange for your apology, debt repayment, and return of the pen you lifted, I formally pardon you from any further penalty," she wrote. "I hope the pen coming your way will be an adequate memento of your visit at the Capitol. Come back soon!" 

A pen and single hazelnut may not seem like much, but those items managed to teach a young boy about the importance of owning up to his mistakes and learning from them. 


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