January 23 2008

School Administrator’s Wife Calls Students “Snotty Nosed Brats”

In a rare fit of “I have no effin’ clue what to blog about today”, I took a hint from ProBlogger, and threw the question out to my Twitter followers for a suggestion. Low and behold, I got a good one back from Leslie Carbone! Thanks Leslie!

It seems that a Ms. Candy Tistadt, the wife of a Fairfax county, Virginia school administrator’s wife, has some anger management issues. Dave Kori, a student in the schools, called the Tistadt homestead to inquire as to why the schools had not been closed when it snowed. What follows is the voicemail Mr. Kori received in return. (ETA: Gee… shocker… the video has been pulled)

So… I Guess No Snow Day Then? This 17-year-old called his principal`s home phone regarding a potential “snow day.“ He got more then he bargained for.

This is Candy Tistadt, Dean Tistadt’s wife. This message is for Dave Kori. How dare you call us at home?! If you’ve got a problem with going to school, you do not call somebody’s house and complain about it. My husband was up at 4 o’clock this morning, trying to decide the best thing to do, to send you to school, on a day when the weather man is calling for one thing and another thing happens. You don’t begin to know what you are talking about, and don’t you ever call here again! My husband has been at the office since 6:30 this morning, so don’t you even suggest that he purposely didn’t answer his phone. He is out almost every single night of the week at meetings for snotty-nosed little brats, and he may not have called you but it is not because he’s home because it snowed. Get over it kid, and go to school. Get an education, that’s what you’re there for.

Okay, I’m of two minds on this… I know, you’re all shocked, so just follow along. While I have never been known for my love of public school administrations (just a couple of examples), I do think without hearing Mr. Kori’s message can we actually completely condemn her. I do feel her level of reaction was uncalled for, and I do wonder what the student thought he was doing calling over something that it was too late to do anything about, but she still went too far. In short, both sides are faulty in this, and it’s easy to condemn Ms. Tistadt, but let us not forget that Mr. Kori probably went a tad too far also.Everything she complains about her husband doing for the “snotty nosed brats”? Guess what, it’s part of being a school administrator. It’s not just an 8 AM to 3 PM job, so her husband knew what he was getting into when he took this line of work. Yes, she could have called him and explained herself in a calmer manner, no matter what Kori’s unknown side sounded like, and she could have refrained from the name calling.

Seeing as this story has been picked up by places such as, I think it’s safe to say this man is going to have a long, long rest of the week thanks to his wife.

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