President Barack Obama responds to Jacksonville boy's letter

Boy wrote letter in December, received response this week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville boy wrote out his feelings about gun violence and his sadness about those who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last December.

"I spent time, took me two days writing this, I had to work on the punctuation," said 10-year-old Blaine Prevost.

Fifth grader, Prevost is proud of the letter he wrote in December. He said he put a lot of work and time into it.

"The reason why I wrote this paper, I was so heartbroken by the school massacre and all the victims affected by Adam Lanza's gun spree," said Prevost.

Blaine received President Barack Obama's response to his letter Wednesday.

"Dear Blaine, thank you for sharing your thoughts about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School," wrote President Obama. "I appreciate hearing from you and I admire your courage in speaking out against violence."

"I was just happy for him," said Blaine's mother, Jasmine. "I think we're going to have a reading, and a celebration because I feel he has to be encouraged."

"I am so moved by the letter," said Blaine's father, Ted. "I think it's wonderful President Obama and the administration would acknowledge Blaine's efforts."

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