North Carolina Virtual Academy student wants to put a stop to bullying

When Brenden Santos told his mom, Diana Santos, that Lt. Gov. Dan Forest had emailed him a Christmas greeting card, she was skeptical it was real.

She didn’t want to discourage her son, so she didn’t say so at the time, but she called the number on the email just to be sure. The person who answered confirmed the message was what it appeared to be. In February, Brenden was invited to a dinner where he got to meet Forest.

“As soon as you got up the stairs, what happened?” Diana asks her son.

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