Reddit Makes Covering Katy Story Go Viral
KATY (Covering Katy) – Katy is building the most expensive high school football stadium in the world, and on Thursday afternoon the news aggregation website Reddit picked up on the story. Reddit linked to Covering Katy’s exclusive story about the construction project breaking the $70 million threshold. The title was Texas School District Spends $12 million of surplus money on stadium- Forgets it needs to build elementary school.
Thursday afternoon Covering Katy was getting comments from readers all over the nation. The pace of readership was more than 70,000 visitors per hour by 4 p.m.
“I would like to congratulate the school board of Katy, which is where I live, for making the front page of Reddit! You have embarrassed our community on a national level now,” said Covering Katy reader David B.
When Covering Katy began covering the expensive stadium project several years ago, many district supporters accused the local news organization of hating children and hating Katy. Even the Katy Rotary Club rejected Covering Katy founder Dennis Spellman’s application for membership. A Covering Katy advertiser with close ties to the school district requested that Covering Katy back-off on the stadium story and pulled his advertising after the request was rejected. In Katy those who dare criticize the school district are frequently taken to the woodshed, but on Thursday the nation weighed in and had a very different take on the controversy.
Rick from Boston said he felt the stadium supporters were the ones guilty of harming children.
“The future of our children across the U.S. is dependent on how they can compete with kids from all over the globe. If your district is not committed to education, then your children are in deep trouble,” Rick wrote.
“This is not just a problem in Texas. We had similar problems with our school board here in Anchorage, Alaska,” said another reader.
George Scott was elected to the Katy school board after vigorously opposing what USA Today calls a “mega-stadium.” Scott agreed that the district needed a second stadium but believes the district should have spent far less money.
“It has become a 72-million-dollar solution to a 40-million-dollar problem,” Scott said.
“This stadium represents what is wrong with the public education bureaucracy in the state of Texas,” Scott said. “Even the federal government would be hard-pressed to be this successful in wasting taxpayers’ money,” he added.