Not Cool: Georgia High School Suspends Teens for Sharing Photo of Packed Hallway During COVID-19 Pandemic

Georgia’s North Paulding High School suspended 15-year-old Hannah Waters for five days after she shared the now-viral photo of the school’s packed hallways.

Another student who, like Hanna, shared the photo out of concern for their safety amid a global pandemic was also suspended.

via TMZ:

Hannah had captioned the pic, “Day two at North Paulding High School. It is just as bad. We were stopped because it was jammed.” She added that she was pushed multiple times, and defiantly posted, “This is not ok. Not to mention the 10% mask rate.”

The school’s stance is that Hannah, and another student who posted the crowded hallway image, violated school policy about social media and posting images of minors without consent.

That’s the letter of the school’s law, obviously, but one could easily argue … the safety of students and faculty should be getting some consideration here. Hannah clearly posted the photo because she was alarmed at the inability to social distance.

Hannah told BuzzFeed News she feels her suspension is excessive.

The photo went viral Tuesday as it highlighted the fears of parents, and for that matter … teachers, as students return to schools for the first time since the pandemic began.

We wonder how many other photos from that school have been shared on social media by students that never got suspended…


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