As some school districts around the nation begin welcoming students back onto campus, a disturbing story is emerging out of Georgia.
There has been a raging debate in American today regarding the safety of students who are returning to school on account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is a highly contagious illness for which we have no vaccine or cure. Our best practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus today are limited to wearing face masks and keeping 6ft of distance between one another.
That’s why a photo from the first day back at North Paulding High School has gone viral:
This is a photo of the first day back to school in Paulding County, GA where children have been sent back to school with safety precautions in place?
This photo is already public
— Brian Really Needs To Get Out Of The House (@BriansNewHeart) August 4, 2020
Now, a worrisome new piece of information has come to light.
A family member teaches at this high school in Georgia (North Paulding High) that's made the news. Teachers and students were told they could be suspended if they posted photos of the school in a bad light. The student who took this photo for the yearbook has been suspended. pic.twitter.com/plds4vZPNN
— Jamie Ford (@JamieFord) August 6, 2020
The school was using inventive language to mask their intentions.
One of the teens who posted photos, 15-year-old Hannah Watters, told BuzzFeed News she received a five-day, out-of-school suspension for posting one photo and one video on Twitter.
Watters said she was pulled into the school’s office around noon on Wednesday and was told she had violated the student code of conduct.
“The policies I broke stated that I used my phone in the hallway without permission, used my phone for social media, and posting pictures of minors without consent,” she said.
As of this writing, North Paulding High School has not responded to the controversy.
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