Joshua Starr gets offensive tweets during winter storm

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County's superintendent says he received offensive tweets during last week's winter weather from students urging him to close schools.

Superintendent Joshua Starr says that he's trying to use the episode as "a teachable moment." Starr sent an email to parents on Friday about the need to help their children "interact with one another in a civil, respectful way." Starr calls it "cybercivility."

Students frequently send emails or tweets urging officials to close schools during snowy weather. But Starr says perhaps 10 tweets went too far, using curse words, racial epithets or threats.

School officials have informed the parents of those who sent inappropriate tweets. Starr would not go into specific punishments, but he says principals met with some students and "doled out consequences that are appropriate."