4th Grader Felt Like He Needed A Pardon From Governor. Sends Cutest Confession After Stealing From Capitol.

It’s never easy to admit it when you’ve done something wrong. Feelings of embarrassment, shame, and humility are ones most of us would rather avoid. But, in the end, it’s worth it to get whatever you’ve done off your chest and right whatever wrong you may have committed.

An Oregon fourth grader named Samuel recently learned this firsthand when he committed a minor crime while on a class trip to the Capitol Building.

Little Samuel snagged a pen and– for some reason– a hazelnut while on the trip. Soon after, the little thief proved he still has a heart of gold when he wrote the following letter to the Governor, confessing his crime and begging forgiveness.


Dear Governor Brown,

My Class visited the Capitol 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.



4th Grade

PS Here is the pen I want to Return and money to replace the hazelnut.

The photo above of the adorable apology was posted to Reddit with the caption, “This 4th grader felt like he needed a pardon from the governor after a trip to the state capitol.”

Thankfully, Governor Brown granted Samuel pardon, saying she’s forgiven him and thanking him for his precious apology.

Everyone messes up sometimes, but it looks like this little guy has already learned how to own up to his mistakes! Way to go, Samuel.

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