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Kansas Gov. Says Staff Overreacted To Teen’s Tweet

Source: AP / The Houston Chronicle

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for his office’s response to a disparaging Twitter post by a high school senior who was attending a school function at the state Capitol.

“My staff overreacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize,” Brownback said in a Monday statement emailed to The Associated Press. “Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms.”

Emma Sullivan, 18, of the Kansas City suburb of Fairway, Kan., was taking part in a Youth in Government program last week in Topeka, Kan., when she sent out a tweet from the back of a crowd of students listening to Brownback’s greeting. From her cellphone, she thumbed: “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person (hash)heblowsalot.”

She said she was just joking with friends, but Brownback’s office, which monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name, contacted the youth program. Sullivan said she spent nearly an hour in the principal’s office and was told to apologize in writing to the governor.

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