Emma Sullivan vs Kansas Gov Sam Brownback over #heblowsalot Tweet
#heblowsalot: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback vs 18-Year-Old Girl
18-year-old Emma Sullivan is learning something very important about Kansas state politic. Specifically that Governor Sam Brownback's office is staffed by delicate little flowers whose feeling were hurt by one of her tweets.
Emma Sullivan's offending tweet: "Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot".Note that she didn't actually say anything to Brownback in person.
Emma Sullivan is also learning that schools can be bullies, too: Shawnee Mission East High School principal demanded that Emma Sullivan write an apology to Sam Brownback.
Emma Sullivan has "decided not to write the letter" to Brownback.
Nor should she. Emma Sullivan is 18, an adult of legal voting age. This is between her and the Governor, who should be thick-skinned enough to ignore tweets from teens. If this bothers him so much , perhaps he's following the wrong career path.
Emma Sullivan (@emmakate988 on Twitter) had fewer than 75 followers before the #heblowsalot tweet. She has over 4,000 now, and Sam Brownback is learning about a little something called the Streisand Effect.
Sullivan hasn’t decided if she will apologize to the governor.
The school’s principal Karl Krawitz said, “This is not about political views since none were given in the tweet - is about being respectful with a public official whether we agree or disagree with their viewpoints.”
What this is, is none of Krawitz' business. Maybe next time Sam Brownback's office wants to challenge a teenage girl, they should do it themselves instead of handing the task off to her school, and Krawitz should have shown a bit of backbone against Brownback..