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Kansas teen’s joking tweet about Brownback on Topeka trip creates a capital fracas

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.

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