People in this town have lost their minds, I think. Is it that or is it just such a “me” culture that their minds may not be lost, but instead are completely clouded?
Kristen Daukas did a blog post, last year, about the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system’s Twitter handle and them dealing with weather delays. I feel that whomever it is that has to operate @wsfcs has to either have the thickest of skin, have the most humiliating job in the county or just posts and doesn’t look. I don’t know about the most humiliating job, but some citizens and some parents of children in WS/FC are rude, self-absorbed and, in some cases, just plain stupid. Today, looking at it, it wasn’t really the case with the adults, at least not mostly.
The kids posting stupid shite on there is somewhat understandable. They’re kids. They don’t use their brain for logic until their mid-twenties, at least. They may be book smart but they’re not “smart.” Being understandable, though, does not let them off the hook; they’re still acting stupid. The language they use, as discussed with Emily Alphin, would be up for suspension if not worse, if it was said in school, a) to any teachers/administration or b) even to another student. One girl, I won’t state her handle, stated, and I quote: “@wsfcs suck my a$$.” There was no editing, I did that here.
Whilst another wrote: “DAMNIT! I had just woken up for calculus again!!!!!!!!” Another “brilliant” girl wrote: “‘The delay will push exams back one day.’ F**k it I’m not going to school😎💯” and hers didn’t even have the asterisk to censor it.
Another: “@ you realize I have been up for thirty minutes studying for calculus thinking we were having the midterm today?😒😒 back to bed.” How in the wide world of sports are they supposed to worry about whether you’re studying or not? You should be studying regardless.
And: “@ I just busted my a$$ y’all needa cancel school👌” It sounds like you need it busted “for reelz.”
Or: “@ ur checking the roads at 3AM? You need to go to sleep before I choke you.” Isn’t that communicating a threat?
Yet another: “@ Why do u hate kids soo much? Like what have we done?” Again, self-absorbed.
“@ y’all be bullshi++ing yo.” “@ why this is not fair” Me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me. Again, none of the editing I did above was on Twitter, it was all out filthy-mouthed.
Mind you, not all of the kids’ tweets were belligerent. Most of them were from high schoolers asking about exams and makeups. Hey, I get that you’re frustrated and I’m all about free speech but you can’t use that kind of language in public, especially when it’s directed toward a professional institution and double especially if it’s directed toward your school system!!!
In the case of the threat communication earlier, I understand he’s not really doing that, but the way people and society is now, it can and probably, is, conceived as such. A lot of it is lack of thinking, and even more, lack of parental (or simply adult) supervision. How can we communicate to the kids and adults, alike, that this stuff is senseless and can actually get you in trouble? Nothing can be “taken back” once you post it on social media. I just wish everyone would use common sense and “net savvy” to think before posting.
Another thing, every one enjoys a day off, but it’s not really a day off, is it? It will have to be made up somehow. Yes, there are usually three or so days built in as “freebies” but if last year showed us anything, you’ll probably need those three days. They complain because they’re not calling it, then they complain because they have to go to school extra days in June. That’s like someone complaining to their boss that they can’t afford to pay their bills and then the boss asking, well didn’t you call in sick 3 days last week? You have to make it up! As much as I hate the idiom, in this case, “better safe than sorry” is the right call. Another cliche, “you can’t please everyone” is also in play, here. I’ll close out with one more, that gets a lot of flack, “it is what it is.” These things are going to happen, it’s going to create problems, but you can’t control Mother Nature, she does what she does and that’s what we all deal with. All of us. I’d just ask for some courtesy when we all have to deal with it together. But, I know that, too, is too much to ask.
Until tomorrow, and may it be warmer, same blog channel…
“While not quite as popular as Facebook, Twitter is an outlet for plenty of you to share your lives and opinions. The rules here are more relaxed because of the ephemeral nature of a tweet. But remember, if your account is public, you’re sharing with the whole world, friends and strangers alike.” – Kristen Appenbrink