The Shawnee Mission School District issued the following statement Monday morning regarding SM East senior Emma Sullivan’s controversial anti-Brownback tweet. The statement says the district does not intend to pursue the matter and notes that Sullivan is “not required to write a letter of apology to the Governor”:
SHAWNEE MISSION – District officials have reviewed recent events surrounding the reported tweet by Shawnee Mission East High School student Emma Sullivan. The district acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected.
The district has not censored Miss Sullivan nor infringed upon her freedom of speech. She is not required to write a letter of apology to the Governor. Whether and to whom any apologies are issued will be left to the individuals involved.
The issue has resulted in many teachable moments concerning the use of social media. The district does not intend to take any further action on this matter.