Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet
Emma Sullivan says she's not going to apologize to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a disparaging tweet.
November 28th, 2011
02:29 PM ET

Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet

(CNN) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for what he called his staff's "overreaction" to a disparaging tweet directed at him by a high school senior during a state Capitol visit.

Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday that she would not write an apology letter to the governor - as her principal had requested - that was due Monday.

In a statement, Brownback did not reference Sullivan by name or mention the prospect of any apology letter. He did emphasize his support for "freedom of speech," while thanking "the thousands of Kansas educators who remind us daily of our liberties, as well as the values of civility and decorum."

"My staff overreacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize," the governor said. "Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms."

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