JAMESTOWN, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina third grader is gaining national attention after a letter he wrote to presidential candidate Donald Trump as part of a class project.
In the letter, Jackson Wheeless, a student at Millis Road Elementary in Jamestown, says his teacher, Mrs. Brown, encourages students to watch news and read current news articles.
“I have seen several articles about you and have seen you on the television. I think you have been very rude to many people,” he writes.
Jackson’s letter goes on to touch on The Golden Rule and asks Mr. Trump, “How would you feel if people said some of these terrible things about you that I have heard you say about them?”
He adds, “I would like to know if you would want your young children or grandchildren hearing the things you say about people. Do you ever feel sorry about the things you say? Do you ever feel sorry about the things that you say that are hurtful to others? I have never heard you apologize.”
Jackson tells Trump the President of the United States is “supposed to be our leader,” saying, “You should be someone that we can learn from and hope to grow up to be like. I do not think you are doing a very good job of this.”
He urges the GOP front-runner to “start thinking about the children in this country,” saying that while they might not be able to vote yet, they’re watching.
“We not be able to vote but we are the future,” he writes. “I think it’s important to have a kind, honest, caring person as our leader to look up to and respect.”
Jackson is currently in the student government at Millis Road Elementary and aspires to be a police officer.
He tells Trump, “I try to be a student that everyone can look up to. I will grow up to be a husband, a father, hopefully a police officer, and a good friend.”
His letter concludes, “I will choose to be a better person than what you have been teaching me to be.”
His mother told WNCN Jackson thinks all the attention his letter is getting is “cool.”