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Georgia student suspended for posting photo of crowded hallway   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Aug-7 by MerlinsDad; 1169 views.
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Aug-7

News item August 7 
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/07/us/georgia-teen-photo-crowded-school-hallway-trnd/index.html

Dallas is about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta
Note that most of the students are not wearing masks

Georgia student suspended after posting a photo of a crowded ...

A viral photo showing students in a Georgia high school crowded in hallways and with few visible masks resulted in the sophomore who posted it being suspended, she said.

Hannah Watters, a student at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, saw a photo of packed halls on the first day of school go viral. And when she saw that little had changed after that, she told CNN's Laura Coates on Thursday, she felt she had to share what it looked like inside the school. So, she took a photo of the scene and posted it to social media.
 
"I was concerned for the safety of everyone in that building and everyone in the county because precautions that the CDC and guidelines that the CDC has been telling us for months now, weren't being followed," Watters said.
The Superintendent's response:
 
In a letter to the community, Superintendent Brian Otott said the photo was taken out of context, writing: "Class changes at the high school level are a challenge when maintaining a specific schedule. It is an area we are continuing to work on in this new environment to find practicable ways to further limit students from congregating. Students are in this hallway environment for just a brief period as they move to their next class. ... There is no question that the photo does not look good. ... Wearing a mask is a personal choice, and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them. 
Why the student was suspended
Watters said the time to move from one class to another only lasts about five minutes, but students from all classes are often speed walking from one end of campus to the other, passing by countless people.
 
Watters said she was suspended over the photo and that the school said she violated three conduct policies: using her phone during instruction time, using her phone during school hours for social media and filming students and posting on a social media platform.
But students in grades 9 through 12 are exempt from the phone ban, Watters said, and she didn't post the photo until school was over. Watters admitted she broke the policy on posting images of students to social media, but she doesn't regret it.

School did the standard "shoot the messenger" retaliation to conceal the problem.

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Aug-7

Thanks for the information

Sophomore Hannah Watters, 15, was suspended after she posted a picture online that she took from her cellphone. It depicted a hallway at North Paulding High School that looked as crowded as any before the coronavirus pandemic, with few students wearing face coverings to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

By Friday morning, though, after thunderous criticism from around the country, the school had backpedaled, her mother said.

“I spoke to the principal a short time ago and he has rescinded the suspension and she will have no discipline on her record,” Hannah’s mother, Lynne, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday morning. The school district did not immediately confirm it after the newspaper asked about it.

https://www.ajc.com/education/paulding-family-pushes-back-on-school-suspension-over-crowded-hall-photo/2XTUNBDA2NDF7I2RHFLXR2MR4M/

MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad

Aug-7

Yep.  Check Alfi's information in the next post.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Aug-7

Common sense prevailed. It doesn’t happen often enough.

Alfi (THIALFI)

From: Alfi (THIALFI)

Aug-7

>>> Common sense prevailed. <<<

Not quite. The principal got his head handed to him nationwide.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Aug-7

That’s one way to right a wrong.  If she violated school policy, they could have handled it differently.

Alfi (THIALFI) said:

Suspension lifted.

And even without reading the whole story, I can make an uneducated guess why. Because a fecal tsunami of outrage likely came down on the school administration, probably the principal, etc. were all doxxed, and the howling mob laid siege with torches and pitchforks demanding their careers.

MerlinsDad said:

By Friday morning, though, after thunderous criticism from around the country, the school had backpedaled, her mother said.

Yep. An EF-5 tornado of outrage hit them, totally flattening their little fiefdom.

The administration isn't sorry they made a mistake silencing health and safety whistle-blowing. They're sorry they got caught and experienced national blowback.

. ... "In an interview with CNN, Hannah was asked if she regretted posting the photo. Her response channeled civil rights legend John Lewis: “I’d like to say that this is some good and necessary trouble, so I don’t regret posting this because it needed to be said.” ... ... “Students must not be disciplined for exposing health and safety issues at their school, particularly in the midst of a pandemic,” the Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, said. Executive Director Hadar Harris called the suspensions “extreme measures” to encourage silence. ... 

and doubly busted:

...  The school also drew attention this week when a principal was recorded admonishing against public disclosures. ... “Anything going on social media that is negative in our light without permission,” he said in the recording posted to Twitter. “There will be consequences ... .”

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