'Mr Trump, please be nice,' kids write in

Some of the letters from children on the Facebook group called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness.
Some of the letters from children on the Facebook group called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness.PHOTOS: @MCMANUS ALISON/TWITTER
Some of the letters from children on the Facebook group called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness.
Some of the letters from children on the Facebook group called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness.PHOTOS: @MCMANUS ALISON/TWITTER

WASHINGTON • Be nice, don't lie and don't scream at people. That is some of the advice children have for President-elect Donald Trump if he wants to be a kind person.

Many heeded a call by a Facebook group asking kids to write to Mr Trump about the importance of "being kind to other people, even if they're different than you are", the Washington Post reported.

Six-year-old Szaba wrote: "Dear Mr President, be nice to things. Do not say mean things. This helps me calm down: meditation, reading and resting.

"Good luck with your new job! Let me know if I can help," she added.

Seven-year-old Kela drew up a 12-point checklist titled How To Be Nice!. It included pointers such as: say kind things like well done; don't blame other people when it is you doing the bad thing; and behave.

The Facebook group, called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness, was started by Ms Molly Spence Sahebjami a day after the presidential election.


Some of the letters from children on the Facebook group called Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness. PHOTOS: @MCMANUS ALISON/TWITTER

Ms Sahebjami, who lives in Seattle, where voters overwhelmingly supported Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, told the newspaper she knew many who disapproved of Mr Trump's vulgar language.

The idea started with her son, a kindergarten student who was concerned about things he had said about Muslims, because the family has relatives of Iranian descent. She said: "So I said to him, 'Well maybe we should write a letter to him.'"

Her son's letter reads: "Dear President-elect Trump... Be kind to all people. Some people in my family are a special religion and they are not bad guys."

The Facebook group, started with about 200 friends, has more than 11,000 members now.

Some kids referred to promises Mr Trump had made during his campaign, such as deporting undocumented immigrants and getting Mexico to pay for a border wall.

"Kids in my class are very scared. Please don't kick them out. In my school, we get sent to the wall when we're in trouble. My friends did not do anything wrong. Don't send them to the wall,'' said six-year-old Abby.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 20, 2016, with the headline ''Mr Trump, please be nice,' kids write in'. Print Edition | Subscribe