This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A student at a Prairie Village, KS, high school who tweeted a comment critical of Gov. Sam Brownback was scolded for nearly an hour by her principal after the governor’s office called the school to tattle on her.
Sullivan, a Shawnee Mission East High School senior, visited Topeka and attended a speech by Brownback as part of the Kansas Youth in Government program. It was there that she decided to tweet “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person.”
In reality, Sullivan did no such thing.
“Some of my friends were joking about what they’d really like to say (to Brownback), so I just took out my phone [and tweeted],” she told the Wichita Eagle. “I guess it was kind of a heat-of-the-moment thing.”
But the joke was enough to get her in trouble with Brownback’s director of communication, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, who said the tweet “wasn’t respectful.” She informed Youth in Government, which, in turn, informed Sullivan’s school.
“It was important for the organization to be aware of the comments their students were making,” Jones-Sontag told The Kansas City Star. “It’s also important for students to recognize the power of social media, how lasting it is. It is on the Internet.”
East principal Karl R. Krawitz told Sullivan her tweet had embarrassed the school, and said she had to write Gov. Brownback, Youth in Government, and others a letter of apology. Reached for comment, Krawitz said the disciplinary action was “a school issue, a private issue, not a public matter.”
Sullivan agreed to write the apology letters, mostly out of concern for her school transcripts, which will soon be sent to the University of Arkansas where she plans to study psychology.
Not surprisingly, her personal opinion of Brownback remains low. “I’m just an 18-year-old girl who knows what I believe, and I know what he believes, and we disagree. That is not going to change.”
[kcs / eagle / @emmakate988.]