A viral photo on social media showing students crowded in Georgia High School hallways and very few wearing facemasks caused a social media outrage. However, the student who has uploaded the photo on social media has been suspended.
The sophomore student Hannah Watters of North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, saw a photo of packed halls on the first day of the school reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown go viral on various scoial media platforms. She later saw not much had changed after that and hence felt the need to share what it looked inside the school, according to the report by CNN.
Watters clicked the photo of the hall way scene and uploaded it on the social media.
I was concerned for the safety of all in that building and everyone in the country because precautions that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the guidelines that the CDC has been instructing us for months now, weren't being followed properly." Watters was quotes as saying.
According to Paulding Country Schools superintendent Dr. Brian Otott, the viral social media photo did not look good but ensured the school was following the appropriate COVID-19 protocols.
Some people on social media platforms are taking this photo and using it without context to defame and criticize our school reopening efforts," Otott told WSB-TV Atlanta. " Under the COVID-19 protocols we have adopted, class changes that look like this may happen, especially at high school with more than 2,000 students."
In a letter to the community Ottoto said the photo was taken out of context and wrote: "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 gathering. Students are in this hallway environment for a very short period of time as they to move their next class...There is no doubt that the photo does not look good...wearing a facemask is a personal choice, and there is no practical way to mandate to wear them."
However, Watters challenged the claim and said the time to move from one class to another is for only five minutes, but students are often speed walking from one end of campus to another.
Watters alleged she was suspended for the viral photo and the school accused her of violating three conduct policies: using her phone during school hours for social media and filming students and uploading on a social media platform, using her phone during instruction time.
However, Watters clarified that she has uploaded the photo after the school hours.