Student suspended after posting picture of discolored water in school bathroom

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WESTLAND, Mich. — A Michigan high school student was suspended after exposing her school’s water problem on social media.

Hazel Juco told WXYZ she was concerned when she saw discolored water coming from the girl’s bathroom sink at John Glenn High School, but she had no idea that she would be suspended because of the picture she took.

Juco posted the photo to her social media pages, saying that she hoped someone would notice and fix the problem.

But instead of getting help, Juco was called into the school office.

“They told me I was being suspended for three days, OSS (Out of School Suspension) for taking a picture. It is inappropriate use of electronics in the restroom,” she told WXYZ. “And everyone in my school, every girl takes, like, selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile picture on Twitter or Facebook or whatever. No one has gotten in trouble.”

Dr. Michele Harmala, the superintendent for Wayne-Westand Community Schools, says she looked into the issue and immediately sent a plumber to fix the original problem.

Harmala added that the rule against cellphones in the bathroom is to prevent inappropriate pictures of people.

She says she will ensure the suspension is taken off of Juco’s record.

1 Comment

  • confused

    oh come ON! she was posting an issue with the water-which could be anything from flushing fire hydrants to a pipe problem. There were no pics of people, toilets, nothing profane was done, no one was changing clothes. . We have had this issue at work and to try and get maintenance or a supervisor to come and look takes WEEKS. In the meantime, if this is the only sink in the restroom area (like us) you aren’t really sure what you are washing your hands with. And some places ban hand gel because others may steal it for their addiction. Yup. Wheeee round and round this crazy world we go.

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