Parents Support Teen Behind Tweet

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A Kansas teen has received national attention after a tweet about Governor Sam Brownback. Brownback issued a statement saying his office over reacted.

Some parents in the Shawnee Mission School District say they are still angry. Parents showed their support for Emma Sullivan at Monday night's school board meeting.

Sullivan sent out a tweet while attending a recent school sponsored field trip with negative comments about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Kathy Cook, who is a parent as well as a member of Kansas Families for Education, wants to know who demanded an apology from the student.

"We don't want to stifle our kids political free speech," Cook said. "Even though it may not be the best choice of words, that's how kids communicate with each other."

Cook is worried that educators are being pressure by "heavy handed politicians" and are afraid to lose funding. School board members didn't respond on the subject because it wasn't on the agenda. Cook says if she doesn't get answers she will launch an investigation into emails and phone logs.



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