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Teenager Refuses to Apologize for Tweet Critizing Kansas Governor

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We’ve all made complaints about elected officials on the Internet. It’s one of the freedoms we have here in America that a lot of other countries don’t get to have. That’s why a story like this gets me very irritated.

18-year-old Emma Sullivan was ordered by her high school principal to write a letter of apology after tweeting the following comment about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback:

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

However, Sullivan had refused to apologize, saying that she wasn’t sorry about the tweet and that writing such a letter would be insincere. She claims that she did not actually make such a comment, and that she was just joking with her friends on Twitter. Regardless of whether it was a joke or not, the people at Gov. Brownback’s saw the tweet, called it “disrespectful,” and contacted Sullivan’s school.

But really, why should she apologize? She did nothing wrong. The people who are really at fault are the people at Brownback’s office who completely overreacted over something a high school student said on Twitter. These guys need to realize that you can’t get all up in arms when someone says something bad about the governor on the Internet. I’m sure there are plenty of people in Texas who have said not-so-kind things about Rick Perry on Twitter, but you don’t hear about the people from Perry’s office hunting them down and making them write apology letters. Give me a break.

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