UPDATE: The 18-year-old Kansas teen who took to Twitter during a field trip to the state house last week to express her dislike for Gov. Sam Brownback says that she won't offer the written apology that her high school principal is demanding.
Emma Sullivan said that penning such a letter would not be sincere because she is not sorry for the tweet, which came with the hashtag #heblowsalot. "I would do it again," she told the Associated Press on Sunday, one day before her apology letter was due.
Her principal, Karl R. Krawitz, declined to comment to the AP on the matter but had previously told local media that the situation is a "private issue, not a public matter."
Sullivan says that she has been contacted by a number of lawyers but is waiting to see how the school responds to her decision not to write the apology letter before taking further action.
Friday, Nov. 25: High school students: don’t say mean things about Kansas’s Gov. Sam Brownback on Twitter, unless you like going to the principal’s office.
That’s what happened to Emma Sullivan, who according to NBC Action News joked on Twitter after a field trip to the state Capitol with her class and found herself in trouble.
Sullivan, 18, sent this tweet after Gov. Brownback spoke to her and other students:
“just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.”
Even though the senior at Shawnee Mission East High School had just 60 followers on the social media, and didn’t actually say anything to the governor, word got out about her comment, and someone from Brownback’s office reportedly let an administrator from the school district know.
Sullivan found herself in the principal’s office the next day. She was asked to write an apology to the governor, though she has yet to decide whether she will do so.
“I believe that it is my right to state my opinion,” Sullivan told NBC. “I don’t believe with the majority of the things that he is trying to pass, or like not letting pass.”
So what do you think? Can the school force a student to apologize to the governor for something she said on her personal twitter page? What consequences should she suffer (if any) if she continues to refuse to apologize? Should the governor's office made an issue out of it by bringing the tweet to the school's attention?