KS Governor Sam Brownback’s office bullies high schooler for snarky tweet

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What kind of prissy, thin-skinned jackass would rat out a teenager for a critical tweet about a public official? Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag, that’s who:

A Kansas teenager got in some trouble with her school for comments she posted on her Twitter account — in which she claimed to have trashed Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to his face during a field trip.

Emma Sullivan, an 18-year old high school senior, was at an event in Topeka this past Monday for Kansas Youth in Government, which was addressed by Brownback. During the event, Sullivan posted to her Twitter account:

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot”

Sullivan was engaging in a bit of hyperbole there, as she apparently did not actually confront the governor. No matter—it’s the thought that counts:

But as it turns out, Brownback’s office watches Twitter for comments about him. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag told the event organizers about the comment, “so that they were aware what their students were saying in regards to the governor’s appearance,” the Wichita Eagle reports, also adding: “We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies.”

Yeah, they monitor it so they can run shrieking to the principal’s office to get a high school girl in trouble, a reaction that would have earned tattletale Jones-Sontag a swirlie if she’d gone to my high school:

Brownback’s office flagged the tweet to the event organizers, who in turn passed the complaint on to Sullivan’s school. This got her called to the principal’s office:

The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” Sullivan said. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it … and now he had to do damage control.

“I’m mainly shocked that they would even see that tweet and be concerned about me,” she said. “I just honestly feel they’re making a lot bigger deal out of it than it actually was.”

You’re right, Ms. Sullivan: They are making a bigger deal out of it than it actually was:

Sullivan said the principal ordered her to write letters of apology to Brownback, the school’s Youth in Government sponsor, the district’s social studies coordinator and others.

Au contraire, Ms. Sullivan: It is they who owe you an apology—the governor for employing a hysterical tattletale and the principal for failing to grasp a basic tenet of free speech, which holds that an 18-year-old high schooler is at least as entitled to express her opinions using social media as a giant “corporate person” is entitled to engage in free speech via bushels of money to buy off crooked politicians.

It seems Brownback is aptly named, since he’s apparently unable to hold his fudge in the face of sarcasm from a high school student, and the principal is a useless toady. I hope Ms. Sullivan tells the school officials to cram it.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 11/26/11 at 08:58 AM • Permalink

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What I have to love is the utter ineptitude of it all—the young lady had about 60 Twitter followers, and her commonet could have just swirled gently down the intertubes with no hassle—

Until he and his staff had to call attention to it.  And now we all have a nice opportunity to recount the ways Brownback sucks.

Welcome to the Internet, Sam.

(Isn’t there an unwritten rule against beefin’ with someone who has less traffic than you?  Needs to learn the traditions of the internet, I think.)

Ah, the Streisand Effect. Sad, and yet so very ... Republican.

Bullies, one and all. Unfortunately, the student is in no position to tell her school to cram it because they can withhold her all-important high school diploma via suspension, expulsion or any of a number of bureaucratic maneuvers.

Wasn’t this Brownback choad the big favorite of the racist anti-immigrant pricks in ‘08?

“We monitor social media so we can see what Kansans are thinking and saying about the governor and his policies.”

So can we expect Brownback’s office to report and victimize anyone who intemperately expresses disapproval of the governor, or is it just school pupils who’re fair game? Paging Mr. Godwin.

... told him he sucked ...

Which he and his office proceeded to demonstrate categorically.

Wait—a GOP elected official being a thin-skinned dickless asshole? Whocouldanode?

@Xecky Gilchrist

I think Tancredo was the real nativist’s candidate; Brownback is more of a Fetus-Firster.

Aha, thanks, Vixen. I have a hard time keeping all my throwbacks straight.

hopefully her apology will be for mischaracterizing the meeting, not that she said he sucks…

or simply, “mistakes were made”...

Browbback’s name needs to be Santorum-ized, but I think its already that way naturally.  You can tell just by his pervy stalker eyes.

Oh, and Jones-Sontag-Snitchy is married to the Kansas head of ‘Murikans for Prosperity.

and the principal for failing to grasp a basic tenet of free speech, which holds that an 18-year-old high schooler is at least as entitled to express her opinions using social media as a giant “corporate person” is entitled to engage in free speech via bushels of money to buy off crooked politicians.

This. She didn’t yell fire in a crowded theater, she didn’t libel him, she gave her opinion on Twitter. Morons.

I just tweeted about his idiocy. Wonder who they’ll try to report me to. :P

Jones-Sontag-Snitchy is married to the Kansas head of ‘Murikans for Prosperity

Nice catch, SOAS! I Googled her and found a load of the what you’d expect from her ilk of apparatchik, but that link eluded me.

Enjoy a song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE

What assholes that Brownback fellow and his staff are! Also, wouldn’t Brownback’s bullying fall into the category of government censoring a citizen? In which case, Brownback and his Brown Shirts have violated the First Amendment.
The high school principal is a weenie, too.

Browbback’s name needs to be Santorum-ized, but I think its already that way naturally.  You can tell just by his pervy stalker eyes.

My friend who lives in KS refers to him consistently as “Governor Brokeback.” FWIW.

“I apologize that I live in a state where a thin-skinned asshole like Brownbackin’ can be elected governor.”

Treat this with the usual skepticism for now:

Area Teen Rethinks Brownback Apology Note
Emma Sullivan tells The Wichita Eagle she’s now leaning against sending a letter of apology to the governor’s office because of all the support she’s getting.

Dear Mr. Brownback,
I am sorry that you misinterpreted my statement and intentions. I am very sorry that you were offended. I am also sorry that somebody has the unenviable position requiring them to monitor the internet full time.
Sincerely,
Emma (i.e. #heblowsalot)

I taught public school, middle & high school. What right does the principal of a school have to interfere in a student’s private off campus life?  This little brown shirt of a principal needs to be fired & seek a job in the public sector.

Browbback’s name needs to be Santorum-ized, but I think its already that way naturally.

Let’s suggest it to Dan Savage.

Brownback (noun) definition: flip-side of a yellow front.

Funny that a student who identifies herself as liberal was the one to use a homosexual slur to try to insult someone.

Funny?

Well, it’s also funny that out of the many, many definitions of “to blow” given by Urban Dictionary, you, Joe White, should choose to focus on one that has that connotation.

You’d have to ask Ms. Sullivan exactly what her implication was, but in my book, this definition fits the bill:

9. blow
5. Verb- to blow- another, usually more severe term meaning to be bad or to suck.

Now, using your own evidentiary standards, what have you got against non-Whites, and why are you slurring homosexuals?

46. Joe
a olden day slang word mean “homosexual”

It looks like she will not apologize

Now, it look like it is the governor that apologized.  Good for her !

This is the type of “apology” she should give

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8vA0ANTUM0

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