The Star (St. Lucia) - - THE STAR -

For some, So­cial Me­dia can be some­what of a friv­o­lous thing - a to­tal waste of time. For oth­ers, it would seem like life with­out Twit­ter, Face­book and Instagram would fail to even, um ex­ist. Yet for oth­ers, So­cial Me­dia is a valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion and can be used for mar­ket­ing and even rais­ing funds.

Take Vi­dal Chas­tanet for in­stance; a 13-year-old Saint Lu­cian living in New York, whose story has gone vi­ral. Hey, even Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who is said to be some­what of a So­cial Me­dia buff, wanted to meet the guy. As the story goes, Vi­dal Chas­tanet was fea­tured in a popular blog and Face­book page, Hu­mans of New York, which seems to have caught the at­ten­tion of ev­ery­one. The story un­folded sev­eral weeks ago when Vi­dal’s photo ap­peared on Hu­mans of New York where he talked to the blog’s cre­ator, Bran­don Stan­ton – at the time a mere stranger – about prin­ci­pal Na­dia Lopez, who in­flu­enced him the most, and what she taught him at Mott Hall Bridges Academy.

“When we get in trou­ble, she doesn’t sus­pend us. She calls us to her of­fice and ex­plains to us how so­ci­ety was built down around us. And she tells us that each time some­body fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made ev­ery stu­dent stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we mat­ter.” The photo went vi­ral, garner­ing more than one mil­lion likes and shares on So­cial Me­dia.

The White House in­vited the teenager, the blog’s cre­ator, and the school’s prin­ci­pal to meet with United States Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to share their story. That his­toric meet­ing took place Thurs­day, Feb. 5, 2015 in the Oval Of­fice, the of­fi­cial of­fice of the US pres­i­dent in the White House. Which only goes to show: a lit­tle blog­ging and face­book­ing might not be so bad af­ter all.

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