After being caught this weekend trying to bully a high school senior, a humiliated Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) was forced to apologize to the student on Monday in a belated attempt at damage control.
Over the weekend Brownback and his staff were caught by the press trying to bully high school senior Emma Sullivan. Brownback and his staff were angry with Sullivan for posting an unflattering tweet to her Twitter account. In an attempt to retaliate against the 18 year old student, Governor Brownback’s office contacted Sullivan’s Youth in Government Program, which contacted Sullivan’s school.
It all began last Monday, when Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, was in Topeka as part of her school’s Youth in Government program. The program is for students interested in politics and government. As part of Monday’s activities, Brownback addressed Sullivan’s Youth in Government group. Aftwerwards, Sullivan, obviously unimpressed with Brownback’s performance, posted the following on to Twitter:
Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot
The next day, Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her Principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program.
As punishment for mocking Brownback, Sullivan was ordered to write a letter of apology to Brownback. According to Sullivan, her school principal, under pressure from Governor Brownback’s office, said that “he had to do a bunch of damage control” and that Sullivan “needed to fix this” by writing a letter of apology.
Sullivan announced via Twitter on Sunday that she would not write the letter of apology to Brownback:
I’ve decided not to write the letter but I hope this opens the door for average citizens to voice their opinion & to be heard! #goingstrong
Sullivan has emerged as a hero, the underdog willing to stand up for what is right despite nefarious political forces. Since the story broke late last week, Sullivan’s Twitter following has gone from less than 100 to over 10,000.
Meanwhile, Brownback and his staff have been cast as villians, perfectly willing to harrass, intimidate and bully a high school student for the most petty and superfluous of cause. Only time will tell if the stink of scandal will cling to Brownback, yet there are already questions being asked about the waste of valuable tax payer money and time on this petty and childish vendetta.