An 11-year-old sixth grader named Peter Schwartz gave New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie what was undoubtedly strangest request he has ever gotten at a town hall meeting today. “I kind of need a note for school,” Schwartz said.
Almost immediately, Christie, a top name as a potential vice presidential candidate, motions Schwartz to come up to the stage while writing him a note.
His signed note read: “Please excuse Peter from school today. He was with me.”
Peter started off his discussion with Christie on a more serious note: He told him that he was being bullied by a “person in authority” at school. Christie told him first, “as a dad,” to tell his parents. Giving advice as governor, he said that “everybody has a boss.” He told Peter that he and his parents needed to go to that person’s boss and “lay out the case of what’s going on” and “make a stink out of it.”
“No one in this state should be subjected to that. It’s not right,” Christie said.
Christie told Peter that if he wasn’t satisfied with how that went, then the adult bullying him would get a call from the Commissioner of Education.
Watch the exchange below:
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