The Governor Of Kansas Likes Picking On Teenage Girls

What a statesman. The office of Sam Brownback saw a joking tweet by Kansas teen Emma Sullivan and promptly ran crying to her high school principal. Her school was going to force Sullivan to write a letter of apology to avoid a negative mark on her college transcripts, but she is rightfully refusing. #heblowsalot

1. The Offending Tweet From An 18-Year-Old Which Required Full Mobilization From The Kansas Governor’s Office

She actually made no such comments. “Joking around,” Sullivan says of the incident.

“That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag, director of communications for Brownback. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect. It was important for the organization to be aware of the comments their students were making. It’s also important for students to recognize the power of social media, how lasting it is. It is on the Internet.”

2. The Meany Pants Who Hurt Sam Brownback’s Feelings

“I don’t regret sending the tweet,” says the unrepentant Sullivan. “It was harmless. It’s not like I was really fired up about anything he said. I’m just an 18-year-old girl who knows what I believe, and I know what he believes, and we disagree. That is not going to change.”

3. The Head Of State Who Turns Into A Blubbering Puddle Of Tears And Snot Over A Tweet

“I think it is embarrassing to the governor and to the administration of the school and the school district to waste time and taxpayer money on something so petty,” says Amy’s older sister, Olivia Sullivan. “And it’s discouraging to children when they are told they can’t speak their mind.”

“But I’m sure the governor gets a lot of hate mail on Twitter and Facebook, so I don’t know why his office would pick on an 18-year-old high school girl just horsing around with her friends,” says Olivia. “I was shocked. I’m still shocked.”

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Gavon Laessig is a deputy news director and front page editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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