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Teen Won't Be Punished for Anti-Brownback Tweet
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Source: Slate

The Kansas teen who insulted Republican Gov. Sam Brownback last week with the hashtag #heblowsalot won't be punished after she refused to apologize for the offending tweet, school officials said Monday afternoon.

The Shawnee Mission School District told the Associated Press that Emma Sullivan will not be disciplined after refusing a request from her school's principal to write a letter of apology to the Kansas governor. The school district said it "acknowledges a student's right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected."

The decision comes one day after Sullivan said that writing the letter would be insincere and that she wouldn't do it. It also comes as the anti-Brownback tweet has gone viral, bringing the 18-year-old temporary fame. She now has nearly 9,000 Twitter followers (@emmakate988), more than twice the total of Brownback (@govsambrownback).

Read more: http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/11/25/sam_brownback...



Glad to see the school deciding to actually abide by the First Amendment. What a concept!
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  -Teen Won't Be Punished for Anti-Brownback Tweet _eh  Nov-28-11 12:44 PM   #0 
  - If you stand your ground and don't give in to the apology crowd  bluestateguy   Nov-28-11 12:47 PM   #1 
  - I don't know how anyone thought that they could restrict her first amendment rights  geckosfeet   Nov-28-11 12:48 PM   #2 
  - School administrators are some of the dumbest people you'll ever meet  bluestateguy   Nov-28-11 12:48 PM   #3 
  - Watch this be the start of her political career ... :^) nt  eppur_se_muova   Nov-28-11 12:54 PM   #4 
  - unless they block her going to college  firehorse   Nov-28-11 01:15 PM   #11 
  - No school...  CoffeeCat   Nov-28-11 01:23 PM   #12 
  - Serious?!  mac56   Nov-28-11 01:24 PM   #13 
  - Do state colleges and universities feel pressure if the governor asks them to do something?  firehorse   Nov-28-11 02:37 PM   #17 
  - If that were to happen  mac56   Nov-28-11 06:59 PM   #39 
  - Lots of lawyers would drool at such an incredibly obvious slam-dunk case  Posteritatis   Nov-29-11 06:16 PM   #54 
  - +1000 +++ n/t  RKP5637   Nov-28-11 05:52 PM   #35 
  - I was wondering if the blowback for her would be hidden in some way  AlbertCat   Nov-28-11 05:24 PM   #31 
  - The Democrats have done one heck of alot worse.  hayrow   Nov-28-11 05:16 PM   #29 
  - The end of Brownback's, at least. n/t  tcaudilllg   Nov-28-11 05:37 PM   #33 
  - If I were American, I'd vote for her  _eh   Nov-28-11 06:13 PM   #37 
  - Hey hey - score one for the good guys.  closeupready   Nov-28-11 12:55 PM   #5 
  - Happy to be the 5th rec on this....lesson to Dems.....backbone works!  tpsbmam   Nov-28-11 12:56 PM   #6 
  - "a request from her school's principal to write a letter of apology"  Phlem   Nov-28-11 01:00 PM   #7 
  - He's probably just the guy the shit landed on. I imagine there were a lot calls from the statehouse.  Gidney N Cloyd   Nov-28-11 01:11 PM   #8 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-29-11 01:04 PM   #53 
     - Even so, a damned high school principal should be expected to know better than try that. (nt)  Posteritatis   Nov-29-11 06:17 PM   #55 
  - That Doesn't Go Far Enough  DallasNE   Nov-28-11 01:12 PM   #9 
  - There is nothing so satisfying as hearing someone say the truth.  RueVoltaire   Nov-28-11 01:15 PM   #10 
  - Teen won't be punished for telling the truth; What a concept !  russspeakeasy   Nov-28-11 01:48 PM   #14 
  - The Democrats could learn from her  qanda   Nov-28-11 01:57 PM   #15 
  - Exactly!!! I am so fed up with democrats cowering to republicans. n/t  RKP5637   Nov-28-11 05:54 PM   #36 
  - Dare I say: Obama could learn from her?  _eh   Nov-28-11 07:38 PM   #40 
     - Stop re-electing Harper or else your country may be headed down the same path  RFKHumphreyObama   Nov-29-11 09:27 AM   #51 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Nov-29-11 11:37 AM   #52 
  - for those unclear...  brooklynite   Nov-28-11 02:34 PM   #16 
  - do you suppose that may be the motivating factor for this reaction  fascisthunter   Nov-28-11 03:07 PM   #19 
  - Really? The most progressive?  _eh   Nov-28-11 08:40 PM   #42 
  - She didn't go far enough  JJW   Nov-28-11 03:01 PM   #18 
  - Last I heard...  AnneD   Nov-28-11 03:37 PM   #20 
  - Teen won't be  azmesa207   Nov-28-11 03:40 PM   #21 
  - The principal at her high school is  plumbob   Nov-28-11 03:42 PM   #22 
  - That's a relief  treestar   Nov-28-11 03:43 PM   #23 
  - WTF  rms013   Nov-28-11 04:15 PM   #24 
  - She now has nearly 9,000 Twitter followers (@emmakate988), more than twice the total of Brownback  Demeter   Nov-28-11 04:26 PM   #25 
  - Mathematical Justice  _eh   Nov-28-11 09:25 PM   #43 
  - She just got one more  ncrainbowgrrl   Nov-28-11 10:14 PM   #44 
  - Punished? For what?  geardaddy   Nov-28-11 04:42 PM   #26 
  - She has 11,750 Following ... Not too shabby  AsahinaKimi   Nov-28-11 04:48 PM   #27 
  - A state governor just sank to an average high schooler's social mindset. nt  alp227   Nov-28-11 05:11 PM   #28 
  - Please don't insult the average highschooler!  _eh   Nov-28-11 11:00 PM   #45 
  - If she would have been punished for practicing her freedom of speech,  bulloney   Nov-28-11 05:19 PM   #30 
  - Freedom: use it or lose it  onwardsand upwards   Nov-28-11 05:46 PM   #34 
  - i told her about us and how we love her :)  roguevalley   Nov-28-11 05:37 PM   #32 
  - Great!!!  RKP5637   Nov-28-11 06:36 PM   #38 
  - How? Did you tweet her? And did she reply?  _eh   Nov-29-11 12:04 AM   #46 
  - Good to see someone showed them the Constitution and they could read or maybe someone read it to  lonestarnot   Nov-28-11 08:07 PM   #41 
  - FINALLY! Someone who doesn't just cave in....  FredStembottom   Nov-29-11 12:12 AM   #47 
  - Clearly, she's not a Democrat!  _eh   Nov-29-11 02:01 AM   #48 
  - K 4 GS  _eh   Nov-29-11 04:01 AM   #49 
  - K&R  Solly Mack   Nov-29-11 06:52 AM   #50 
 

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