US Governor 'pardons' child who confessed to stealing pen, nut on a class trip
A child in the United States has been "pardoned" by the governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, after he took a pen and hazelnut while on a class trip.
Samuel, a fourth-grader - which is about year five in New Zealand - wrote to Brown confessing what he had done.
Shared on Facebook, the letter included the swiped pen and a dollar, to replace a hazelnut he took.
"My class visited the capitol on April 19," Samuel wrote in his letter.
"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."
Brown formally pardoned the child - and even threw in a freebie.
"Samuel, in exchange for your apology, debt repayment, and return of the pen you lifted, I formally pardon you from any further penalty.
"I hope the pen coming your way will be an adequate memento of your visit at the Capitol. Come back soon!"