November 28th, 2011
01:54 AM ET

Teen will not apologize to governor's office for Twitter post

A high school senior, who faces a Monday morning deadline to apologize to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a disparaging tweet, has said she will not write the apology letter.

"I don't think I should write the letter and I don't think it would be the best move for me," Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday night. "At this time, I do not think an apology would be a sincere thing for me to do."

Sullivan said her parents and many of her peers support her decision.

The teen made national headlines last week for a tweet she said was intended just for her friends.

During a Kansas Youth in Government field trip to the state capitol on November 21, Sullivan wrote: "Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot."

The Shawnee Mission East senior says she did not actually talk to Brownback, and the post referenced a joke she had with a student on the trip.

The next day, she was called into the principal's office.

"I had no idea what it was about or why I was being called into the office," she said. "I had never been in trouble before."

A Brownback staffer had notified the principal, she said.

"My principal told me he needed to do damage control and was really upset," Sullivan said. "He said I was an embarrassment to the school and the school district and that I had been disrespectful."

The principal then asked her to write a letter of apology to Brownback and his staff. He set Monday as the due date for the letter.


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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. **cosmicvox *

    @Ian, The Special Olympics thing was a real cheap shot and by the way it was "Droids" not "Drones".

    November 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    The other "dif" is if that person punches you, you have them arrested for assault. And what law says you can't tell a person what you think of them ?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      And you're also wrong about a person having a "right" to punch you in the nose, or anything else for that matter.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. **cosmicvox *

    @bobcat, Well I'll tell you what happened to me. I was verbally assaulted in a public place with plenty of witnesses. My husband broke the guy's nose, blood everywhere. Upon hearing the whole story the cop told the guy he should watch what he says in the future. The guy's friends took him to hospital, end of story

    November 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ cosmicvox, lol end of story til that guy hires a lawyer you mean? Not sayin what he did was right but a good lawyer could end up with ur hubby mayin medical bills and punitive damages! Depending what state you live even a not-so-good lawyer even!

    November 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Thank you. I'm not sayin I wouldn't do the same thing to protect my wifes honor, but law is law. It's a sticks and stones thing.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat ( in a hat )

    And if the man had wanted to press charges, the cop would have had to honor those wishes. End of story.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    yea that too bobcat and i meant to say payin not mayin sorry

    November 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat ( in a hat )

    This is priceless and I had to share.
    The governor is now apologizing for "overeacting to her tweet. What an A hole. Put that girl through all that crap and then he apologizes. I guess the backlash he received embarrased the hell out of him for his "overaction."

    November 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    The Gov of Kansas is a overeacting AS*HOLE. It is as simple as that.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    Just read the Gov stated he overeacted.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Hey s kel
    That is some funny stuff with that governor.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Lol musta been his wife busted him checkin out teen adult twitter accounts eh?

    November 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I just read this thread's second round.
    @ Ian Moone:
    That Special Olympics bit got to me.
    It matters to me when somebody wins there.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. **cosmicvox *

    @chrissy and bobcat, Haaha, You still don't get it. He Couldn't press charges, he Wanted to. There was another incident of an old man being heckled by a group of young bullies (also witnessed) and when this one bully got closer the old man pulled out a gun and shot him dead. Guess what? The old man walked after a few hours at the police station. Case Closed.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. **cosmicvox *

    hello JIF, yeah that bugged me too.

    November 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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