Teen won’t apologize for insulting Kansas governor: ‘I would do it again’

By David Edwards
Monday, November 28, 2011 9:37 EDT
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Kansas teen Emma Sullivan (Twitter)
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for an apology from the teen that he tattled on for writing a disparaging tweet.

Emma Sullivan, 18, told The Associated Press late Sunday that she isn’t giving in to Brownback’s demand for an apology because it wouldn’t be sincere.

Sullivan was hauled into her principal’s office Friday and ordered to write letters of apology after someone from Brownback’s office contacted the tour organizer to complain about the offending note on the social networking site Twitter.

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot,” she tweeted. The teen has admitted that she never said such a thing to the governor during her visit to the state capitol, but wrote it as a joke to her friends.

Writing on Twitter Sunday, Sullivan announced she had made the decision not to apologize.

“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 wrote.

“I would do it again,” she told AP.

Sullivan has gone from 60 Twitter followers to over 6,200 in just a few short days.

Watch this video from KSHB, broadcast Nov. 27, 2011.

– with AFP

Photo: Twitter/Emma Sullivan

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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