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Old 11-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #1
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Kyuubi Kansas Student Blackmailed by Principal to Apologize to Butthurt Gov

from the Kansas City Star:

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Teen’s Joking Tweet on Topeka Trip Creates a Capital Fracas
By Mara Rose William

Emma Sullivan’s trip to Topeka with other high school students to learn about government taught her a few unexpected lessons:

Gov. Sam Brownback’s office monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name.

• Some folks exhibit little sense of humor or appreciation of free expression.

• And sometimes a few “joking” words can land a student in the principal’s office, drafting a letter of apology.

All that resulted from a tweet the Shawnee Mission East High School senior wrote Monday during Brownback’s greeting to young people who were brought in for a closer look at the political process.

“Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot,” Sullivan thumbed from the back of the crowd.

She actually made no such comments. “Joking around,” Sullivan says of the incident.

Brownback’s director of communication wasn’t amused when the tweet was spotted during the routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name.

“That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

Brownback’s brief speech to the students encouraged them to “be active in their government, community and public service,” Jones-Sontag says.

The tweet was the only one brought to her attention that day, she says, and it was passed along to the Youth in Government program, which organized the students’ visit to the capital.

“It was important for the organization to be aware of the comments their students were making.” Jones-Sontag says. “It’s also important for students to recognize the power of social media, how lasting it is. It is on the Internet.”

Sullivan says things developed quickly: She landed in the principal’s office for a scolding that lasted nearly an hour. She says she was told the “not so nice” comments had embarrassed her school and the district and that “damage control” with the governor’s office was the next step.

So Shawnee Mission East is forcing her to write an apology to the governor’s office, with the principal even giving her talking points to hit.

East principal Karl R. Krawitz declined to comment on the matter Wednesday, calling it a disciplinary action: “It is a school issue, a private issue, not a public matter.”

“I don’t regret sending the tweet,” says the unrepentant Sullivan. “It was harmless. It’s not like I was really fired up about anything he said.”

The action out of the conservative governor’s office isn’t winning Brownback any new support from her or her friends.

“We all are liberal, and we are opposed to a lot of his views,” she says. “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.”

She’s not opposing the sending of the apology, however. No sense in encouraging the high school to staple something from the incident onto her transcripts, to be sent soon to the University of Arkansas, where she hopes to study psychology next year.

The whole episode left Sullivan’s 19-year-old sister, Olivia Sullivan, who is a political science major at Wichita State University, flabbergasted.

I think it is embarrassing to the governor and to the administration of the school and the school district to waste time and taxpayer money on something so petty. And it’s discouraging to children when they are told they can’t speak their mind.”
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http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/23...ke-creates.htm

Long story short: governor is butthurt by some kid's opinion, and a cowardly pencil-pusher who's just trying to save face shows the world just how petty and sniveling and spineless he is by blackmailing a girl's college transcripts to twist her arm into writing empty words.

This is what our country has come to, my fellow Americans.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #2
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Well, it is Kansas.

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She says she was told the “not so nice” comments had embarrassed her school and the district and that “damage control” with the governor’s office was the next step.
And just what the hell is this about?

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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it seems like the gov really dosnt give a shit its the principal

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:55 PM   #4
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Principal is a piece of shit and doesn't deserve the position of a school administrator. By doing this they are restricting her right to freedom of speech and she should refuse to write the letter, and if the principal decides to include a post it note on her transcripts over it she should threaten to sue for depriving her of her first amendment. Of course she should also ask for damages (only the money required to pay her lawyer as she would be guaranteed to win, especially with this coming to light.)

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:58 PM   #5
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First off the girl's parents need to have the school board deal with that dipshit Principal 2nd of all Freedom of speech does not exist in North America.

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:42 PM   #6
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I hope facebook people do something with this.

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I can understand the principles decision. The girl showed a lack of respect and should be made to apologize for it.

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:56 PM   #8
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brownback can go screw himself.

What now Kansas Gov?

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Old 11-27-2011, 08:59 PM   #9
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I'm surprised to see a student blackmailed with no mention of sex.

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Old 11-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #10
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Wow, that principals a douchebag. Who even does something like that?

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Old 11-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #11
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She should have counter-threatened the principal with a lawsuit from the ACLU. This is the type of stuff they love.

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Old 11-27-2011, 10:07 PM   #12
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I don't care if they think she showed a lack of respect. She's in the US and we have freedom of speech, or we're supposed to. She didn't threaten him, or say anything that could make any legal trouble for her. Both the governor and the principal need to shut the hell up and get off the girl's case. I think THEY should be the ones who owe HER an apology for trying to deprive her of her rights


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Gimme a break. If they're monitoring for threats against the guy, fine. Other than that, they have no complaint what anybody says about him. If he wants nobody to post anything bad about the government let him pack up and move to Cuba

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brb going to talk smack about brownback on twitter

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Gimme a break. If they're monitoring for threats against the guy, fine. Other than that, they have no complaint what anybody says about him. If he wants nobody to post anything bad about the government let him pack up and move to Cuba
Not that I support the principal in the slightest, but the governor's office SHOULD be monitoring for his name on the internet. When you're a public figure whose entire job came about because of your public reputation, Googling yourself is pretty much standard operating procedure.

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Not that I support the principal in the slightest, but the governor's office SHOULD be monitoring for his name on the internet. When you're a public figure whose entire job came about because of your public reputation, Googling yourself is pretty much standard operating procedure.
Yeah, they want to know what the public thinks about him. Then they try to boost him up in areas where people find him lacking. That's ok, that's normal. They have no right to make trouble for anyone who expresses an unfavorable opinion of him. The fact that the girl's tweet was even presented as a complaint to the school principal is ridiculous. It tells me the governor's office is monitoring with just that purpose in mind, to make trouble for those who speak tweet against him

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If I was the principal, I'd simply inform her parents that their daughter was texting on her phone when she was supposed to be paying attention to a speech from the governor.

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Uuuugh, hahahah, gives me another to reason to both laugh at Shawnee Mission East, and our government. I went to Shawnee Mission South and we didn't think highly of East as per the typical high school rivalries or whatever. >_> That aside, I'm surprised he cared enough. Sure it teaches the girl a lesson, and she should have more respect than that, and it was obvious that she was just trying to get reactions and show off, buuut.. the Gov should've just taken it with a grain of salt. Granted, I can see both sides and all, it's just.. that was stupid. That entire thing was stupid. Not even entirely sure what to say.

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sounds like the governor of Kansas cant take a little criticism.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:04 AM   #19
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One explanation I can think of for the principal's ultimatum - if it is true - is the fear for slashed budgets for his school.

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I can understand both sides, however, the governor should have just taken what happened with a grain and salt, and the principal did not need to threaten her with such an ultimatum, and just let the girl write the apology, as she should have be a little more respectful (not saying she's not allowed to voice her opinion) and for the school's sake.

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