No penalty for teen who tweeted about Kansas gov.
Monday, November 28, 2011
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas school district says a high school senior who wrote a disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t have to write a letter of apology and won’t face any repercussions.
The Shawnee Mission School District says it “acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected.”
Emma Sullivan sent a tweet last week while attending a Youth in Government program in Topeka saying “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person.”
Brownback’s office staff saw the tweet while monitoring social media sites and contacted the youth program. Sullivan’s principal initially ordered her to apologize to the governor.
Her sister, Olivia, told The Associated Press her sister was in school Monday when their father talked to school officials.