John (12 years old) sent a message to John P. Bilbrey – President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hershey Company – Email Address that said:
Hello Mr. Bilbrey,
My name is John SKetch. I'm 12 years old and live in Crestview Hills Kentucky. Earlier today My mom shared an article with me about how chocolate is made. Kids are forced to do manual labor without pay. They are beaten if they drop a bag of cocoa beans and if they try to escape from their slave owner. The article claimed that Hershey and others are aware of this. This really bothers me. I don't like kids being abused. With all do respect, I would like to know if I'm hearing the whole story before i assume that this is all true. Me thinking this way could relate to my religion. I'm a Christian. I'm not judging anyone. I'm just explaining why i might feel this way. I know that you have a lot on your plate so if you don't get back to me soon it's ok.
Thank you for your time and God bless you.