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November 28th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

Kansas teen's "mean" tweet at the Governor goes viral

Brooke talks to Kansas teen Emma Sullivan, who tweeted "mean comments at gov. brownback", about the power of social media, the viral online reaction and the initial demands for an apology.


Filed under: Anchors • Brooke Baldwin
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  1. John from Erie, Pa

    If a politician isn't thick skinned enough to take a negative comment they shouldn't run for office. I commend Emma Sullivan for standing her ground on her first amendment rights. This should be a lesson for all politicians especially Gov. Brownback, if you can't take the heat stay out of the oven. I hope many more young American's take lesson form this and speak their mind.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  2. Lucy

    You don't actually know what you are talking about. She was NEVER required to apologize. Our principal SUGGESTED that she make an apology to the head of YIG, because our school may not be invited back to the capitol. She originally went to the media saying that she was being forced to apologize. In a later interview, she contradicted that statement, saying that our principal didn't force her to apologize. Seeing as that is the only reason this story has made news, and she changed what she had originally said, how much credit does she get for being honest? I go to her school, I have had classes with her. She likes attention, she likes to argue. The principal is the last person to be blamed, considering he is the best principal our school has had, and the rest of the student body is behind HIM, not her. Next time you right an article, get your facts straight.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  3. East schooler

    Emma Sullivan shouldn't be commended. She signed up voluntarily for that youth and government program, and should of had enough respect to not comment on the governor, and keep her comments to herself, considering he was taking time to talk to them. I'm not saying he's a good guy, but youth and government might not be continued now because of her bratty actions. Also, the school district didn't set a deadline for an apology, and she seems to love lying to people. There is such a thing as respecting others, and she should have had enough self control to not say anything about the Kansas governor.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  4. Laura

    Hey, she's exercising her her constitutional right to free speech. They can't make her apologize, that's just silly.

    November 30, 2011 at 12:06 am |
  5. Primewonk

    So the Youth In Government program (which hopefully is teaching students what the Constitution means), might not invite this entire school back because they are upset that a single (adult) student exercised her Constitutional first amendment right.

    Did I get that right? Is that the gist of if according to some of you?

    WOW. Really? Seriously, WOW.

    November 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  6. BlindManInTheDark

    Will all respect to a lack of complete knowledge of the situation, the girl being condemned is neither in the wrong nor the right. Although she is within the bounds of her constitutional rights she is not correct in the attitude, mannerism, method or completely unconscious of the possible repercussions of her apparent venting. Further more the repercussions of her actions should not be a social condemning, but something more along the lines of parental guidance as to the method by which intellectual and mature citizens go about delivering their opinions to political leaders. It is not what she had to say, but rather her rather childish way of doing so. I am rather surprised that the student government program she signed up for did not make proper etiquette blatantly clear.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm |

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