A high school in Georgia has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, and reactions have been very strong on social media...
Students in certain districts are starting to return to school...
via: Getty ImagesThe move had divided opinion among parents and students.
But one high school has been catapulted into the spotlight this week.
via: Getty ImagesAnd not for the best of reasons. Just wait until you see the pictures...
Many wouldn't believe that we're still living through a global pandemic...
via: GettyBut believe it or not, we still are.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been dominating headlines over the last few weeks...
via: GettyWhich is exactly what should be happening, of course.
But it seems that many people have forgotten that a global pandemic has seized the entire world...
via: GettyAnd even though numbers of infections are steadily dropping in many countries, our country continues to be the worst affected.
There are currently over 2 million actives cases of the virus here in America.
via: GettyIt just doesn't seem to be phasing people anymore.
Many individuals seem to be forgetting that the virus is passed on through close contact...
Grow the hell up. Wear a mask. Look out for each other. It's not all about you. https://t.co/KLcrfkwXrJ— Elizabeth Hackett (@Elizabeth Hackett)1591910999.0
This is why many government officials have stressed the importance of wearing facemasks in public spaces...
via: GettyBecause even though they can't protect a person fully from catching or spreading the virus, they lower that chance significantly.
In many parts of the world, it is now mandatory to wear a form of facial covering in public...
Wear. A. Mask. It’s not about you, it’s a courtesy to others. And it saves lives. https://t.co/P3lmigxpgp— Mark Pocan (@Mark Pocan)1591830301.0
But regardless of this...
The coronavirus is not under control: America’s shifting Covid-19 epidemic in five charts https://t.co/hhJoOhNqTI https://t.co/Ad5ZJZXHSx— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1593377705.0
It just seems that many of us aren't learning...
via: GettyAnd more and more lives are being put at risk because of this.
Of course, healthcare workers are continuing to work harder than ever to save lives...
via: GettyAnd that's not just here in America... it's happening all around the world where infection rates continue to climb.
Despite the risks, some schools are opening their doors again.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding a high school in Paulding County, Georgia.
North Paulding High School has gone viral this week...And they are not best pleased with their newfound internet fame.
Students, teachers, and parents at North Paulding High School already had concerns about the school reopening.
via: Getty ImagesWith many admitting they felt the whole thing was being rushed - especially since some staff and students had previously tested positive for the virus.
However, students were told they could face expulsion if they don't attend.
via: Getty ImagesBut, it seems everyone was justified in their concerns...
Upon arriving at the school, students were shocked to see how crowded the hallways were, with hardly anyone wearing masks.So, one of the teens, fifteen-year-old Hannah Watters, decided to take a snap of the crowds and upload it to social media to highlight the issue. "Not only did they open, but they have not been safe," she said. "Many people are not following CDC guidelines because the county did not make these precautions mandatory."
As several other images emerged from students, the shocking snaps quickly went viral."Day two at North Paulding High School. It is just as bad. We were stopped because it was jammed. We are close enough to the point where I got pushed multiple go to the second block. This is not ok. Not to mention the 10% mask rate," Watters wrote alongside her snap, pictured above.
She didn't stop there, either.To highlight her point further, she made a tally of students wearing masks in her classes.
But, when her school found out about the social media posts...They were far from happy.
Watters said she was pulled into the school's office around noon on Wednesday.
via: Getty ImagesThere, she was told she had violated the school's 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 revealed.
The teen says she received a 5-day, out-of-school suspension for posting the photo.And it appears she's not the only one either.
Another student, who did not want their name used, revealed to Buzzfeed that they were also suspended for posting photos on Twitter.
This is the first day of school in Paulding County, Georgia. https://t.co/fzdidaAABM— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹)1596544275.0
Michael Tafelski, senior supervising attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s children’s rights project, urged the school to reverse the suspensions straight away.
More pictures from inside of the school https://t.co/A08L9WbXIw— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹)1596643226.0
After seeing all the snaps on social media, people had a lot to say on the matter.
@JamieFord This is horrifying.— Yuko Shimizu (@Yuko Shimizu)1596681850.0
@JamieFord how is this... legal???— cat valman (@cat valman)1596682052.0
@JamieFord If they’re worried about how it looks, that should be a clue that this is wrong.— Laura Moe (@Laura Moe)1596682202.0
@JamieFord Foolishness— Claire Huxtable Ed.D (@Claire Huxtable Ed.D)1596690808.0
@RootedinResist1 @JamieFord Am so confused. The principal can forbid students from using social media to exercise 1… https://t.co/P5lo3KaS30— Dr. Bridgette Braig, Ph.D. (@Dr. Bridgette Braig, Ph.D.)1596719003.0
@JamieFord Suspending that student is inexcusable.— Bill Blume, The Lord of Chaos (@Bill Blume, The Lord of Chaos)1596714504.0
@JamieFord I’d be so proud of my child for being suspended for this reason.— NeverGOP Sandra * Right Matters * (@NeverGOP Sandra * Right Matters *)1596722528.0
@JamieFord There better be a full ride a scholarship waiting for that photographer— The INS home office (@The INS home office)1596724080.0
Watters and her family plan to fight the suspension.
via: Getty ImagesAnother Georgia school has landed itself in the headlines recently and parents have made their opinions on the matter pretty clear... Scroll on for the full story.