Suspension dropped for Georgia student who posted photo of crowded hall

Georgia News

ATLANTA (AP/CNN) — A Georgia teenager who got a five-day suspension after raising an alarm about crowded conditions at her high school says her principal called to apologize on Friday, and completely removed her punishment.

Fifteen-year-old sophomore Hannah Waters shared images with The Associated Press that show most people not wearing masks in crowded hallways at her school in Dallas, Georgia.

Multiple football players at North Paulding tested positive just before school started, and she said she felt unsafe in a place with no social distancing.

Paulding County School’s Superintendent Brian Otott said in a letter to the community that the photo was taken out of context.

“There is no question that the photo does not look good,” he wrote. “Students are in this hallway environment for just a brief period as they move to their next class.”

He also said: “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.”

Otott said masks are not required at the school, though they are strongly encouraged.

The apology came after state Superintendent Richard Woods said Friday that students and staff should not be penalized for expressing concerns.

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