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US school suspends teens for sharing video of crowded hallways, students without masks

Despite the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending the use of face masks to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, the school did not enforce it, deeming it a matter of 'personal choice'.

The picture of the corwded school hallway shared by US student Hannah Watters (Image: Twitter)
The picture of the corwded school hallway shared by US student Hannah Watters (Image: Twitter)

Two students of the North Paulding High School in Dallas, United States, were suspended for sharing a video of the school hallway packed with students without masks. The students were suspended for sharing the video without context, which put the school in a bad light.

The school came under the scanner of US authorities this week after the pictures and videos went viral within days of it reopening after a prolonged shut down due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Despite the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending the use of face masks to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, the school did not enforce it, deeming it a matter of 'personal choice'.

Hannah Watters, 15, one of the students who was suspended, has alleged that her school had a '10 percent mask rate'. According to a BuzzFeed report, she has claimed that less than half the students in each classroom would wear face masks.

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Watters has allegedly been suspended from school for five days for flouting the district’s student code of conduct that bars them from using social media or recording devices in school without permission.

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The student said she understands that she broke rules but maintained that her punishment was too harsh and what she did was necessary.

In the meantime, the principal of the school has reportedly warned students with 'consequences' if they pull off a stunt like the suspended students. The audio of the announcement was shared by a Twitter user, in which the principal can be heard saying: “Anything that’s going on social media that’s negative or alike without permission, photography, that’s video or anything, there will be consequences.”
First Published on Aug 7, 2020 09:29 pm
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