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Mar 31, 2015 5:36 PM

4th-graders offer NH Lawmakers forgiveness during Hassan's visit


HAMPTON FALLS - Righting a wrong. Governor Maggie Hassan offering a resolution as an olive branch.

House Resolution 13, presented to some Lincoln Ackerman students, honors the contributions of New Hampshire's youth in government.

The governor trying to patch things up, paying a special visit to fourth-graders in Hampton Falls, whose bill to designate the Red-tailed hawk as the state raptor was brutally shot down by lawmakers. The students displayed maturity beyond their years.

With the N.H. Senate resurrecting the red-tailed hawk bill that was proposed by 4th-graders, do you think the N.H. Legislature will approve the bill after all?

"I think what the eight of us need to do now is forgive. I think forgiveness is important."

The nine and ten year-olds are intent on taking the high road. It could be lawmakers learning the lesson here.

When fourth-grader Andrew Kriner was asked if he thought the lawmakers were mean he said, "It was probably a tiring day for them and I think they were just grumpy. If they're willing to apologize I'm willing to forgive. All of the other fourth-graders agreed.

The words of wisdom just kept coming.

Fourth-grader Grace Vanderbels says what she learned from this experience was, "That things happen in life and you don't give up and you keep trying

Fourth-grader Adelaide Kinnaly said, "I think it was a good experience in the end because we all learned a lesson we will probably never forget."

The sponsor of House Bill 373, Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton, in awe of the kids and the example they're setting.

Cushing said, "It's the adults in the room that have really been the fourth-graders."

To view the complete video of apology acceptances, click this link.


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