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Kids Are Trying To Get Out Of School By Pranking A News Station On Social Media

WTVC NewsChannel 9 will not be pushed around.

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Social media–savvy kids are annoying the crap out of Chattanooga ABC-affiliate WTVC NewsChannel 9, going as far as to impersonate a school official in an attempt to get the station to falsely report school closings.

But, as these kids are learning, you can only push WTVC NewsChannel 9 so far. WTVC NewsChannel 9 won't take your shit. It will strike back, and do so with a vengeance.

Take, for instance, the Twitter direct message above, provided to BuzzFeed News by WTVC NewsChannel 9 web director Dan Lehr. In the exchange, a student tried using a DM to get the station to "inform students of no school tomorrow."

WTVC NewsChannel 9 promptly destroyed the troublemaker:

Also, kids? Don't DM us pretending you are some school official cancelling school. Closings don't work like that. & we're not that dumb.

Missing: child.

Last seen: right before getting owned by WTVC NewsChannel 9.

Kids are also taunting the station on Facebook, asking if their schools are closed. WTVC NewsChannel 9 is pissed at the insinuation that it would withhold such information from the public.

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Hey, kids? Y'all are writing us privately on FB as if we wouldn't report it if Hamilton Co schools closed. We promise: we will if it happens

Really pissed.

When a kid asks "do we have school tomorrow" like they think we already know what school they go to

But of course, in the end, the kids win anyway.

JUST IN: Hamilton County Schools are closed Thursday. https://t.co/KBd0VXyaB7

Take that, WTVC NewsChannel 9.


Alex Kantrowitz is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. He reports on social and communications.

Contact Alex Kantrowitz at alex.kantrowitz@buzzfeed.com.

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