WESTLAND, Mich. (CNN) – They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, one picture almost cost one high school student a mark on her high school record.
John Glenn High School Senior Hazel Juco says when she saw discolored water coming from the sink – it upset her.
“I just took a picture of it. In my newspaper class, I talked about it with them.”
She also posted the picture on Facebook and Twitter.
“I always hope that someone will see it and want to help us because our school obviously doesn’t have money.”
A short time later, she got called down to the office.
“They told me I was being suspended for three days out of school suspension(OSS) for taking a picture. [They said] it’s inappropriate to use electronics in the restroom. Everyone in my school, every girl takes selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile pictures on like Twitter or Facebook and whatever and no one has gotten in trouble.”
Dozens of students protested by Tweeting bathroom pictures they took without getting in trouble.
Wayne Westland Superintendent Dr. Michele Harmala looked right into it and says she found out high school administrators made mistakes.
They didn’t report the water issue to maintenance, so she did.
“I reached out to them and they sent a plumber out right away. We do have a piece of the pipe that leaks out to the faucet that was corroding and needed to be replaced,” Dr. Harmala said.
Dr. Harmala says the rule against cell phones in bathrooms aims to prevent inappropriate pictures of people, not building issues. She said the punishment was inappropriate.
The superintendent removed the OSS off of Juco’s record.