FWCS Responds To Social Media Reaction To Delays/Closings Decisions

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Fort Wayne Community Schools

December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Monday morning, Fort Wayne Community Schools posted on Facebook.

The post linked to a Washington Post article about a Montgomery County Superintendent who wrote an open letter to parents about creating a community conversation around online civility. It was in response to the social media backlash he and his family faced after a decision was made on whether or not to close schools because of bad weather.

FWCS posted the following to accompany the link on Facebook:

Before posting today, read this. You may not like the decisions we make regarding delays and closures, but engaging in uncivilized social media use is not only not helpful, it teaches our students that cyberbullying is OK. Our job is to educate students. If we can safely transport them to school to do that, we will. If we do not feel we can safely transport, we will delay or cancel. Parents always have the option to override our decision, take the responsibility into their own hands and call them in with an excused absence. It's OK to disagree with us, but it is not OK to attack, use inappropriate language, make threats or otherwise be disrespectful as you make your point.

Read the Montgomery County Superintendent's open letter here.




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