A Kansas high school student, Emma Sullivan, posted a tweet last week during a field trip to the state capitol — “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” What followed is an example of how little some people know about how this whole social media thing works.
Seeing the tweet, Governor Sam Brownback’s comms director, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, reported Sullivan to her principal, who then issued a decree saying that Sullivan should send an apology to the Governor.
“My principal told me he needed to do damage control and was really upset,” Sullivan told CNN.
Actually, the tweet probably would’ve gone unnoticed by everyone except for Brownback’s staff had they accepted that not everyone in the state would be supportive of the Governor. According to the AP, Sullivan only had 65 followers before the tweet. Now she has more than 9,200.