Bing news reported from Forbes magazine a teenager’s negative tweet concerning her own governor is being looked at by her school resulting in her Principal asking her to write an apology letter to the governor, Sam Brownback. Apparently the snarky comment came after the governor was present at a Youth in Government program in which the teenager, Emma Sullivan, was also a part of. The offending tweet:
“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person” #heblowsalot
Instead of ignoring the tweet, the governor got in touch with her school and the Youth in Government program. One would think a governor had better things to do and certainly more important events to attend to than worry about a high schooler tweeting to her 65 friends. Now the teenager’s Twitter friends have grown to 3,000 and is big news over the USA, resulting in strangers encouraging her to NOT write an apology letter as she was just using her free speech rights. In addition to complete strangers encouraging her to stand strong as “she has done nothing wrong”; now she’s got writers on Forbes magazine, et al. also encouraging her to “stand her ground” and not write this apology letter.
A writer wrote from Forbes magazine:
Speaking as a taxpayer in Kansas, I’m more than a little annoyed that my government has cut funding for the arts and other programs, but apparently thinks its a good use of taxpayer dollars to have the governor’s office troll the Twitter feeds of high school kids to make sure they’re not saying anything mean about him. I’m also annoyed that the schools think it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars to punish students for what they say on their private Twitter feeds. The whole exercise is absurd.
Way to go Governor. It’s important to stand up to corruption of power and/or a bully. With 3,000 people standing behind her and now the negative light shining on your leadership; what exactly did you hope to accomplish other than intimidating a teenager?
In fact, this columnist recommends Emma Sullivan for some type of Leadership Award for showing courage, bravery, stoicness and political saviness in the face of outright bullying by her own Governor.
How do Lafayette citizens feel about this Twitter news concerning a high school student? Do Lafayette citizens feel censored in their twitterfeed?
(Forbes.com, Washington Post)
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