Defiant kindergartener goes viral in Kansas

Frank Martin has to appreciate Emma Burton.

She not only is a Kansas State fan, but she’s cut from the coach’s same fiery cloth.

The kindergartner recently refused to color a Kansas Jayhawk during class, explaining that she and her family were K-State fans. When her teacher told her she had no choice, Emma didn't back down. She wanted no part of the KU mascot.

Her mother, Julie, blogged about her encounter with the teacher, who was none too pleased and told the secretly proud mom this:

“She took the paper, crumbled it up and threw it in the trash can. I asked her to get it out of the trash can and she told me no and then refused to speak to me the rest of the day. I told her I would have a chat with you about this and she will need to color this tomorrow during recess.’’

Emma later apologized for being rude to her teacher but, with tiny heels firmly dug in, she also turned in a colored picture of Kansas State’s Powercat.

When her mom's blog post became viral in the Sunflower State, KSU's president sent her a letter and jokingly offered her a scholarship for 2025. She was also invited and honored at last night's game with rival Kansas.

If she is not Frank Martin’s hero, she is mine.

Many moons ago, I attended Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania, and in 1980 when the Phillies won the World Series, we were allowed to jazz up our uniforms the following day with Phillies’ paraphernalia.

I wore New York Yankee hair ribbons.

So note to all Quarry Hill Elementary School teachers and administrators: The O’Neils are Yankee fans.

Don’t go asking my kids to color a Phanatic, please.