Sometimes, the guilt is punishment enough.

That’s what the governor of Oregon seemed to believe after a fourth grade student admitted to stealing from the Oregon Capitol.

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“My class visited the state capitol on April 19. While we were there, I took a hazelnut and pen from the Capitol building. Those 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,” wrote the student named Samuel.

Enclosed in the note were the pen Samuel took and a dollar, to replace the hazelnut.

The governor posted a photo to her Facebook page of the note, along with her response to young Samuel.

“Thank you for your note of apology,” wrote Governor Kate Brown. “On behalf of the people of Oregon, I accept your apology and forgive you.”

A guilty fourth grader admitted to his mistakes and got a touching response from his governor Facebook / Governor Kate Brown

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