Friday, January 25, 2008
After Lake Braddock Secondary School student Devraj S. Kori's call to the home of Dean Tistadt, chief operating officer for the Fairfax County public school system, I am embarrassed to call myself a Fairfax public school student ["Va. Student's Snow-Day Plea Triggers an Online Storm," front page, Jan. 23]. I think that Devraj blew the small matter of having a few more hours of school during a snowstorm way out of proportion.
Yes, I'll admit I was hoping that the superintendent would close schools early that day. But calling Mr. Tistadt at home, probably only to receive a predictable answer, was extremely brash. And although Candy Tistadt, Mr. Tistadt's wife, did somewhat overreact to the situation, who can blame her? She shouldn't have to deal with students crossing the boundary between her husband's job and her personal life, not to mention having her private conversation posted all over the Internet. Neither of the actions is truly punishable, but people should know better.
As a public official, Dean Tistadt is obliged to hear the feedback of those he serves. If he doesn't wish to receive this feedback at home, his telephone number should be unlisted.
SUSAN G. SCHWARTZ