SALEM – A boy in fourth grade whostole a hazelnut and pen during a tour of Oregon’s Capitol Building was pardoned by the governor after sending her a handwritten apology letter.
“Dear Governor Brown,” Samuel Revenko wrote in the letter to Gov. Kate Brown. “While we were there I took a hazelnut and a pen from the Capitol Building. These things were not mine and it was wrong for me to take them. I’m very sorry.”
Revenko completed the heist during a classroom tour to the Capitol Building on April 19, reports Fox News.
Samuel, in exchange for your apology, debt repayment, and return of the pen you lifted, I formally pardon you from any…
“I hope you and the people of Oregon can forgive me,” Revenko wrote.
Brown was so touched by the apology that she posted the note on Facebook on Thursday. The governor wrote a return note, accepting Revenko’s apology and pardoning him for the crime.
“Thank you for your note of apology. On behalf of the people of Oregon, I accept your apology and forgive you,” Brown said.
“Oregon is a special place. I hope we can work together to keep it that way,” she added.
As a final gesture of appreciation for Revenko apologizing, Brown sent the boy his own pen to keep.
“I hope the pen coming your way will be an adequate memento of your visit at the Capitol. Come back soon!” Brown wrote.
Geoff Dann holds the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. He teaches philosophy and religion for the Seniors Program at New York University, and has been Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Geoff has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.