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People Are Awesome: This Teenager Asserted Her First Amendment Rights Against Her Governor

A Kansas teenager embarrassed an entire governor's office simply by sticking to her guns on Twitter.


When 18-year-old Emma Sullivan—a high school student from Prairie Village, Kansas—tweeted last week that that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback "sucked," she thought her words to her 60 Twitter followers would go mostly unnoticed. But then she got called to the principal's office.

Doing a routine search of the governor's name on social-networking sites, Brownback's communications director, Sherienne Jones-Sontag, found Sullivan's tweets and reached out to her school to demand an apology. Sullivan's principal acquiesced, and ordered Sullivan to draft an apology to send to the governor.

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