CHICAGO (AP) — A 13-year-old Chicago boy will be seated in first lady Michelle Obama’s box at the State of the Union.

The White House says Malik Bryant sent a letter to Santa over the holidays but he didn’t ask for presents. Instead the boy wrote: “All I ask for is for safety.” A nonprofit group sent the letter to the White House and President Barack Obama wrote back to Malik saying, “security is a priority for me in everything I do as president.”

Malik will join more than 20 other guests in Michelle Obama’s seats for the Tuesday night address.

Malik is in the seventh grade and lives with his mother and two sisters on Chicago’s South Side.

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