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02:55 PM EDT
After hearing the President reference her school, the 110-year-old J.V. Martin Junior High School in South Carolina, in his first White House news conference, 8th-grader Ty’Sheoma Bethea wrote a letter pleading with lawmakers to address the dire situation the President described.
Tonight Ty’Sheoma will attend the President's first address to a joint session of Congress as a guest in First Lady Michelle Obama's box in the House of Representatives.