When you're a student looking for any excuse to skip homework, snow days are no laughing matter. And that's a source of endless amusement for Mark Boughton, the mayor of Danbury, Connecticut, who announces snow days.
Boughton clearly relishes his authority, and has no trepidation about trolling Danbury-area students on Twitter as to whether or not they'll have school the next day. Tuesday night, it was a thing of beauty. Behold:
Alright, alright enough!! Schools ar— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) March 4, 2015
Attention: Danbury Public Schools will #whoopthereitis— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) March 4, 2015
Hey, hey, listen up... Danbury Public Schools are.. xaghsfhnkkl..— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) March 2, 2015
"The kids take it tongue in cheek. They understand, because it's sort of a tradition around here," Boughton told CNN, who explained this has been a long-running prank in the community. "We go back and forth. But it's all in good fun."
"I have a very serious policy side," he added, "but I like to have a good chuckle."
Unsurprisingly, Danbury schoolkids love to complain about @MayorMark's antics, which only fuels Boughton's hilarity:
— nin (@ninacruciani) March 2, 2015
Danbury students be like: pic.twitter.com/sm80OOVtF2— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) March 4, 2015
@MayorMark you better get each and every one of us a therapist after all of stress you're causing us..
— emilie g (@_egelinas) March 4, 2015
Tuesday night, after Boughton and Danbury Public Schools Superintendent Sal Pascarella reached a decision, @MayorMark informed students they would have class thusly:
Though he added it will be delayed:
Danbury Public Schools will be on a 2 hour delay today 3-4-2015.— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) March 4, 2015
Parents looking for a straighter answer on snow days may have more luck on Boughton's Facebook page, which is considerably less withholding.