Editorial: WCSD Twitter causes confusion
With the recent inclement weather resulting in both the closing and delays of academic days in the WCSD, there has been an increase in outside involvement in the announcement of cancelations of extracurricular activities and other school-related information.
These parents and sports fans initially sparked the debate between what is and is not appropriate to post during the fall when they decided to offer their input on the conduct of players on the football team and unleash criticism as to some of the year’s spirit changes at WHS.
Recently, the parents and sports-based social media accounts have ignited controversy again by tweeting and announcing whether sporting events and extracurricular activities are going to happen as scheduled.
The Wooster Blade Editorial Board believes it is the role of the WCSD administrative team and building teams to announce as to whether or not activities are taking place. These parents, sports fans, and non-district/club based accounts are causing more harm than good by confusing the student body and community based on their assumptions rather than district decisions.
It is becoming harder and harder for district and building administrative staff to communicate with the faculty, staff, students and community of WCSD as a result of these over-involved social media abusers.
Some parent run accounts have taken to politicizing issues and disgorging their opinions on district/building based decisions. The Wooster Blade Editorial Board would be content if these parents-turned-activists were tweeting from their personal accounts instead of accounts associated with WHS. These people hide behind their keyboards, and they involve the name WHS with their opinions, which in our opinion is inappropriate.
The Wooster Blade Editorial Board believes clubs and organizations are justified in tweeting opinionated statements that represent what the average member of their group would say. Student-operated accounts attempt to promote civil discussion and learn the ropes of marketing on social media. These same students look to the adults of our community for leadership in how to properly use social media, but only find, for the most part, a bad example.
At the end of the day, The Wooster Blade Editorial Board believes these parents and fans should use discretion when taking to the keyboard. We suggest waiting for district or building administration to make a decision before announcing something that may or not be accurate based on your own opinion.