I’ve recently found a new purpose for social media that I’d been overlooking: expressing outrage. Until recently I had only sent a handful of tweets, none of them with much conviction. Then we got our April snow storms and along with that an extended season of bad driving conditions. Saint Paul Schools hadn’t called a snow day all year although that decision was questionable on several occasions. Superintendent Valeria Silva appears to be gun shy about making the bold decision to cancel school even when conditions warrant it. This apparently harks back to her first year as superintendent when she called two consecutive December snow days, and Mayor Chris Coleman criticized her decision. He should have kept his mouth shut obviously. She should ignore what anyone has to say about the issue and just do what’s in the best interest of the kids and staff who have to make it to school safely, by bus, on foot, etc.
My wife works for SPPS and had told me too many hair raising stories this winter about her morning commute to work. I took to Twitter (removing my real name so it wouldn’t negatively affect my wife’s job) and gave Valeria 140 pieces of my mind. I was respectful, although many tweeting her that night were not. I felt great engaging the superintendent in such a timely fashion. Twitter made that possible and I suddenly had a new found appreciation for it. BP