With large swaths of the United States dealing with ice and snow over the last few days, Twitter has been a hotbed of rabid, creative, and at times distasteful campaigning from students looking to influence administrators’ decisions about whether to call school off.
Not really all that different, I suppose, from the days of plotting to prank call the superintendent’s house if he or she didn’t cancel school for a few inches of snow.
I doubt supes and district administrators have time to pay much mind to what students tweet, but if they did, they’d be highly entertained. A few samples below from Montgomery County, Md. schools—the district I live in—which waited until 5 a.m. this morning to cancel school.
— Sam N (@nussenzwagger) December 8, 2013
— dom (@dpdomm) December 9, 2013
— Gustavo Marinho (@MeGustavo14) December 8, 2013
H/t to Alyson Klein at Politics K-12 for the fun headline.
UPDATE: Montgomery County’s superintendent, Joshua Starr, an avid user of Twitter himself, sent an open letter to parents at the end of last week calling for “cybercivility.” His letter was prompted by numerous tweets he received from students that he described as offensive and disturbing, and in some cases, threatening to him and others.
A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.