Teen Tweeter Rejects Principal’s Demand For Written Apology To The Governor
Emma Sullivan says she won’t send a written apology to Gov. Sam Brownback because she isn’t sorry for what she did.
The Shawnee Mission East senior was taking part in a Youth in Government program last week in Topeka, Kan., when she sent out a tweet from the back of a crowd of students listening to Brownback’s greeting. From her cellphone, she thumbed: “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback,” and then specified what the comments were.
The Tweet read: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” Sullivan actually made no comment to the governor and said she was “just joking with friends.” But Brownback’s office contacted the Youth in Government Program, which got Sullivan in trouble.
Sullivan received a scolding at school and was ordered to send Brownback an apology letter. She said Prinicipal Karl R. Krawitz even suggested talking points for the letter she was supposed to turn in Monday…
She hasn’t heard from Brownback or his staff. She said she wouldn’t mind sitting down and talking to the governor.
Sullivan said she disagrees with Brownback politically, particularly his decision to veto the Kansas Arts Commission’s entire budget, which eliminated the state’s arts funding. Brownback has argued arts programs can flourish with private dollars and that state funds should go to core government functions, such as education and social services.
“I think it would be interesting to have a dialogue with him,” she said. “I don’t know if he would do it or not though. And I don’t know that he would listen to what I have to say.”
Which only goes to show that an 18-year-old Kansas girl is being much more mature about this than the governor’s office has been.Click here for reuse options!
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