Students in Fairfax, Virginia, awoke to snow Tuesday morning -- but no snow day or delayed opening of schools.
The Washington suburb was hit with three to five inches of snow, causing hazardous road conditions linked to many car wrecks, some involving school buses, teenagers and parents driving to school, according to multiple reports. By 9:30 a.m., police had responded to 15 traffic crashes, WUSA9 reports.
Fairfax schools opened two hours late on Wednesday and announced a two-hour delayed start for Thursday.
The decision to open schools during the foul weather ignited a storm of protest on Twitter, which seems to have humbled school officials.
"It is clear that our decision to keep schools open today was the wrong call given the intensity of this weather system," Fairfax County Public Schools said in a public apology on Tuesday. Ryan McElveen, an at-large school board member, also apologized publicly on Twitter.
The decision to not #closeFCPS today was terrible. Clearly, we screwed up. I am so sorry for all the hardship brought upon so many.
— Ryan McElveen (@RyanLMcElveen) January 6, 2015
Fairfax students took to Twitter to express shock that schools were open on Tuesday and Wednesday, using the hashtag #closeFCPS -- which trended worldwide. They employed outrage, jokes and gags -- many targeting McElveen -- in ways that only teenagers can.
Here are some of the best #closeFCPS tweets:
— George Pekarsky (@GeorgePekarsky) January 7, 2015
— Emma Afferton (@EAfferton) January 7, 2015
— sophia chausse (@sophiachausse) January 7, 2015
— kevin (@Kevuhn_) January 7, 2015
— madi (@MadiVanderlip) January 7, 2015
— Marriya Schwarz (@marriyaschwarz) January 7, 2015
— Julia Kun (@hellahuelia) January 7, 2015
— ryann (@RyannMartin14) January 6, 2015
— Never Glo'in Up ✨ (@jayyesantiago) January 6, 2015
— Omar gelani 大膽 (@OmarGelani) January 6, 2015
— Mike Fox (@Michael_T_Fox) January 6, 2015
— SMH.. (@notjahbril69) January 7, 2015
— ғudonɢ (@fudonk) January 6, 2015
— john (@Dat_dudejw) January 6, 2015
— Hector (@UsernameHector) January 7, 2015
I don't live in Virginia but I think that they should #closeFCPS because I mean, come on. They trended it #2 worldwide. That's hard work
— Katie Mettam (@KatieMettam) January 6, 2015