Saturday, November 26, 2011

Student Told To Apologize For Tweet Criticizing Gov. Brownback

A student's tweet criticizing Republican Governor Sam Brownback (left) of Kansas was picked up by his office and relayed to her school. The student, Emma Sullivan, was attending an event in which Brownback was the speaker. In a clear violation of her First Amendment rights, Sullivan landed in the principal's office, where she was told to write letters of apology:

During the session...Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page:

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot”

On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program.

The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” Sullivan said. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it … and now he had to do damage control.

...Sullivan said the principal ordered her to write letters of apology to Brownback, the school’s Youth in Government sponsor, the district’s social studies coordinator and others.

Emma Sullivan reflected upon her experience:

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