The good thing about social media is that everyone in the world knows your business. The bad thing about social media is that everyone in the world knows your business … and they know it real quick!
On a school-sponsored trip to Topeka, Shawnee Mission East student Emma Sullivan tweeted “Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked in person/heblowsalot”. Sullivan later said she had made no such comment and was “just joking with friends”.
Somebody on Governor Brownback’s staff saw the tweet and notified Sullivan’s principal, who ordered Sullivan to write letters of apology.
Governor Brownback did the right thing – I believe – when he said his staff “overreacted”, and stood up for freedom of expression. He also said something about “civility and decorum”. Did you hear that part, Emma?
Sullivan will not be asked to write apology letters.
This could be a so-called “learning moment” for all of us.
Our thought for today is from George Bernard Shaw:
“An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.”