Student suspended after posting picture of high school's dirty sink water online
A senior year student at John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan, was recently suspended after she tweeted out a photo of dirty water coming from her school's bathroom sink.
Hazel Juco told WXYZ that she became concerned for her fellow students' welfare when she saw the discolored water and wanted to share the photos to raise awareness and possibly even money to fix the problem.
"I always hope that someone will see it and want to help us," said Juco. "Because our school obviously doesn't have money."
A short time after she shared the images, however, she got called down to the office.
"They told me I was being suspended, OSS (Out of School Suspension). It is inappropriate use of electronics in the restroom," Juco told WXYZ.
Although the school's official reason for suspension was a violation of the rules, Juco said she felt she was punished for exposing a problem.
"Every girl takes selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile pictures," said Juco. "No one has gotten in trouble."
Following Juco's suspension, other students at the school sprung into action, tweeting photos that they took in the school bathroom -- reportedly, none of them got in trouble.
After 7 Action News got involved, Wayne-Westand Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Michele Harmala looked into what was happening at the high school.
She says she found out high school administrators hadn't even reported the water issue to maintenance.
Dr. Harmala made sure maintenance knew about the pipe that needed replacing.
"They sent a plumber out right away," she said.
Dr. Harmala also told WXYZ the rule against cell phones in bathrooms is meant to prevent inappropriate pictures of people, not pictures of building issues.
"The punishment is inappropriate. I am going to make sure the out of school suspension is expunged from the student's record," said Dr. Harmala.