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Local student receives presidential pardon from school


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- For those us that may have skipped school, excuses of why class was missed usually followed. I was sick, my mom's car broke down, how about hanging out with the President?

Can't use that one anymore! A lot of schools may require a doctors excuse to prove that the a students absence is excusable. For one local student, Tyler Sullivan his excuse goes well above that.

"I had to go to the doctor, to meet an actor, I had to go to a dentist appointment, My parents told me I was going on a vacation," said students in Mr. Ackerman's 5th Grade Class at Gage Elementary

"I didn't feel good this morning, you name it I've pretty much heard it," said 5th Grade teacher Terry Ackerman.

On Friday, Ackerman had one less student in attendance, little did he know that this routine absence would lead to a crazy series of events.

"I knew he was gone on Friday and I actually got a call from a Producer at CNN was the one who actually told me, informed me about this and said Tyler has a presidential pardon to be excused from class," said Ackerman.

Tyler's dad had the privilege of introducing President Obama when he visited Golden Valley last Friday and the rest of his family was invited to attend, but in order to do that he had to miss school.

"I felt really shocked and I didn't really think he was going to write me something cause nobody else got signatures in the whole place," said Tyler Sullivan.

But he didn't just give him an autograph, it was an excuse to give to his teacher.

"I couldn't believe it, initially I was just really excited for Tyler, just a fantastic student, really happy it happened to him. Just the fact that my name was written by the President, it was an honor, it was very cool, it was very cool to see," said Ackerman.

To no surprise Tyler will always remember his unexpected one on one with the Commander in Chief

"It felt like there was nobody else in the room, it was just you and him. He was concentrating on you, nobody else right there."

Tyler couldn't wait to get to school Monday to show his friends the executive excuse. All of his classmates were extremely excited and of course, Tyler is loving all of the media attention that is coming his way.

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