Watters told CNN that she was accused of breaking three codes of conduct while being suspended: using her phone during instruction time, using her phone during school hours for social media, and filming students and posting on a social media platform.
Honestly, Hannah is lucky she can stay home where it's safe instead of somewhere where sources told BuzzFeed that several members of the football team are positive for COVID-19 and where mask-wearing is NOT mandatory for students or staff.
There have not yet been any reports of COVID-19 cases at the school. "The fact that masks would not be mandated for students is known to all CCSD parents, as it has been repeatedly communicated to them since the reopening plan was announced July 8".
"Students must not be disciplined for exposing health and safety issues at their school, particularly in the midst of a pandemic", the Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit advocacy group, said. In a statement released to parents, Otott said that while the optics don't look good, the school district is doing all it can to ensure the safety of the students and faculty but admitted that there's "no practical way" of enforcing a mask policy. Carmona also warned other students against posting criticisms against the district online.
Gulfport School District Director of Technology Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy said, "So really we're concerned with making sure all of our students and teachers are safe so there is a plethora of ways we are doing that".
I would like to say again that mask use is strongly encouraged and ask our families to send their children to school with a mask.
He also stressed the need for taking extra measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition to the superintendent's letter, the school system posted information about all confirmed infections and quarantines on its website.
Hannah admits she broke the rule about posting images of students to social media, but both she and her mother said high school students are exempt from the phone ban and she didn't post the photo until after school.
Hannah told BuzzFeed News she feels her suspension is excessive.
The 15-year-old tweeted on Friday morning that the school had made a decision to reverse the suspension.
Many students across the country will be limited to remote learning this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
She appreciates districts in the area that are allowing parents to choose in-person or virtual options, saying she knows how vitally important in-person education is to some students' well-being. Another student, who did not want to be named, also faced suspension for sharing images.