Stratford continues to stand by native son Justin Bieber, despite his recent high-profile run-ins with the law.
Mayor Dan Mathieson said a day after Justin turned himself into Toronto police in connection with the alleged assault of a limo driver.
No matter what happens, it doesn’t negate the fact that Justin is from Stratford.
As far as I’m concerned, he is a 19-year-old person who has made some errors. I don’t condone them, but I also understand that we all have made errors in our life. I hope for his sake that he can get a reset, and get back to music and doing what he loves.
Let’s hope that with some good guidance from those he trusts … things all come back to where they should be.
Asked what advice he would give to Justin, the mayor said:
stay true to the family and friends who have been there from the start. And lie low for a bit.
Justin Appreciates The Hometown Love
And don’t think Bieber doesn’t appreciate the kind words. He tweeted ‘Never forget where you come from or those who supported you before anyone else.’
never forget where you come from or those who supported you before anyone else. still the small town kid. thanks http://t.co/9gxipLe8JB
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 31, 2014
Leave Justin Alone, Says His Former Principal
The principal of Stratford’s Northwestern Secondary School, Martin Ritsma said said his former charge was just an average kid that she’s no prepared to judge, either.
As a young person, I made mistakes. I’m glad no one put me under a microscope. This is still where Justin grew up and if he walked through the front door today, he’d be a welcome young man.