by JS O’Brien
Devraj Kori set off a firestorm near our nation’s seat of gross incompetence last Thursday when he called a Fairfax County, Virginia public schools’ administrator, Dean Tistadt, to complain about not getting a snow day off. We don’t know exactly what Kori said in his message, but we do know what Tistadt’s wife, Candy had to say in her voice reply, because Kori published it on YouTube.
It wasn’t pretty. Candy kinda lost it, reading Kori the riot act in a voice that could strip paint (you really have to listen to this voice to believe it) while explaining that her husband hadn’t retured Kori’s previous calls to his office because he had been out almost every night that week in meetings for “snotty-nosed little brats.” Candy then told Kori, who says he has a 3.977 GPA, to “get an education.”
Kori, apparently, has said that he called the Tistadt home as the result of a generation gap, in which kids expect to be contacted on cell phones at pretty much any time. Paul Regnier, Fairfax schools’ mouthpiece and fawning sycophant, PR guy, said it was the result of a “civility gap.”
Having been on the receiving end of school administration indifference and refusal to return phone calls, I can readily say that I have seriously considered calling administrators at home to get answers. The only reason I haven’t done it is because e-mails containing requests for administrators’ feedback on scathing letters to the editor about, well, THEM, usually does the trick. I usually get the old phone call on that one. I suppose that young Kori didn’t know that trick, so he tried the more direct approach, and ran smack into a screeching (really, you MUST hear this voice to believe it) harpy.
Some people will say (and have said, judging from YouTube comments) that Kori was out of line to call Tistadt at home. They have a point. A small and very minor one, but a point. It wouldhave been more polite to send Mr. Tistadt an e-mail like the ones I send. And it would probably have been more effective. But it raises a larger question, doesn’t it? Just what the hell are we supposed to do about public officials, who are paid by public funds raised from tax revenue WE pay, when they don’t deign to return our phone calls? Tistadt’s wife got a phone call at home because hubby doesn’t think it’s part of his job to return phone calls from the very constituency he is paid to serve. Had he answered his damn phone, or returned even one of Kori’s calls, Candy-of-the-obnoxious-accent would not now be the subject of YouTube ridicule, would she?
Here’s the way I figure it. If you’re a public official, and you don’t return phone calls to your employerspromptly, we, the employers, should set up 1500 gigawatts of amps outside your home and blast old Sonny and Cher tunes at you (while omitting Cher’s voice) until you return … our …. damn … phone … calls!!!!!!
As for Candy’s comment that her husband was too busy serving snotty-nosed brats to return phone calls, I think she should be forced to go to the blackboard and write 10,000 times, “Parents of those snotty-nosed brats help pay my mortgage.”