We've seen a rather spirited discussion on social media about schools being closed Wednesday.
Southwest Louisiana was lucky that factors came together to spare us from the worst of the weather. Not every community in Louisiana was that fortunate.
But our school systems had to make decisions about closings before anyone could fully know just how far north the worst of the rains would occur. We tend to be supportive of decisions made in the interest of our children's safety, even if closing schools turns out to have been arguably unnecessary in hindsight.
Most of the online comments we see point out that our generation went to school in any kind of weather. And that is certainly true. I went to school once during a hurricane. Hurricane Edith was really not a big deal. But the tornado it spawned which ripped through my school certainly was a big deal.
I'll admit to crying like a baby when I saw the corner of the gym collapsed because my sisters were supposed to be in there. No one was killed or seriously injured in that. But it forever colors my perspective on whether schools should close in the face of possible severe weather.
And while we agree that questioning decisions of any public body helps build better, more responsive government, we also support the school system in making tough calls for the safety of our most valuable citizens, the children of A Better Southwest Louisiana.
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