Back in my day, you knew the schools weren’t closed for snow if you never got a call saying so. There was nobody but your parents to complain to when the thing didn’t swing your way, and they pretty much ignored your whining. But when the kids of New York woke up this morning to find their city coated with a dangerous, icy slush, they were positive it meant canceled classes—and livid when they heard otherwise from the @NYCSchools Twitter account.
As if the withholding of a snow day wasn’t bad enough, the Department of Education also made the decision to cancel all field trips. Regular algebra instead of a planetarium visit? Devastating.
All schools are open today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014. However, all field trips are canceled due to weather http://t.co/2xRLoW1gIE— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) February 5, 2014
All field trips are canceled today. All other programs, including afterschool and PSAL activities, are operating normally— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) February 5, 2014
The vitriolic replies were also remarkably swift and exacting.
“@NYCSchools: All schools are open today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014. However, all field trips are canceled due to weather” die— Cailin Russo (@venuebieber) February 5, 2014
@NYCSchools kill yourself— tiana (@bieberblunts) February 5, 2014
"@NYCSchools: All schools are open today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014. However, all field trips are canceled due to weather" DUMB DUMB DUMB— jessi¨̮ (@arcademalik) February 5, 2014
There were, additionally, a few harangues and litigious threats (and not just from kids, either).
@NYCSchools if something happens to me just know that stupid mayor is paying my medical bills ...— vivi (@UnionJVivi) February 5, 2014
@NYCSchools Fariña needs to open some windows & realize that there's a snow storm outside! So far she's been a horrible chancellor !— Miguel ✌️ (@mlopez28258) February 5, 2014
@NYCSchools private schools= closed. Over 2,000 flights are delayed. Icy roads, hazardous conditions. If I get hurt, going to be a lawsuit.— Abbbbbyy (@adreshaj) February 5, 2014
@NYCSchools what is the point. So stupid— Anthony Calabrese⚾ (@Ant_Calzz) February 5, 2014
Just hang tough till you get to college, people. They cancel classes for anything there.