Sullivan (via Twitter)Shawnee Mission East teen Emma Sullivan insulted Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback over Twitter while on a school field trip to the state capitol last week.
"Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot," she wrote to her 60 followers who tuned in to her sporadic updates about the Twilight films and Justin Bieber. In fact, Sullivan hadn't said a word to the governor during his brief speech, and she now says the Twitter comment was just an "inside joke" among her high school friends who were also on the Youth in Government field trip and disagreed with Brownback's politics.
But the humor was lost on members of Brownback's staff, who found the tweet while scouring social media sites for his name and alerted Sullivan's high school principal. The principal reprimanded Sullivan and demanded she write an apology to the governor.
Sullivan says he better not hold his breath. After originally acquiescing to her principal's request, the 18-year-old took her story to Kansas papers and news stations--and now to national outlets--and has changed her mind.
"He was very angry, right off the bat," Sullivan said of her principal, Karl Krawitz. "He was extremely scared about it. He made it very clear that he wasn't happy."
Sullivan agreed to write the apology letter "to get it out of the way," she says. "I didn't want to deal with it because I'm in the process of applying to school and am trying to keep my reputation good."Read More »from Kansas teen won’t apologize to Gov. Brownback over ‘you suck’ tweet