Humphrey, the major difference between here and up north is that people up north are trained to drive in snow, have more salt trucks and plows, and have the necessary equipment to take care of their houses. Not to mention that chattanooga is a very hilly area, and even areas like Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, who recieve a fair amount of snow will close due to the fact that there are some places even salt trucks and plows can't go. Yes, it was a dusting, but we are simply not prepared to deal with it here- I was unable to find rock salt for my house, and some of my students had ice all over their driveways. The point of the one hour delay was to be able to see the roads, not to let the ice melt.
I know it's hard to believe for many christians, but some of us do not want your religion, or your "salvation". Especially if it means hanging out with pretentious people who feel sorry for the rest of the world because they don't want to join your futile cause. Everlasting life and missionary work are two of the most SELFISH concepts in all of humanity.
Unfortunately, because of our terrorist-frightened society, coupled with the fact that schools are full of easy targets, teachers can should take that sort of thing seriously. Comments like that are not funny nor constructive, Salsa, and I hope that you realize how serious dealing with high school aged students is. If any student even jokes about things like guns, sexual abuse, or suicide, educators are responsible (in many cases by law) to report and act upon what they hear.