A student at John Glenn High School in Michigan was given an out-of-school suspension (OSS) after posting a photo of discolored water coming out of the tap in the high school's bathroom sink.
Hazel Juco was concerned when she saw the oddly colored water coming from the tap. She took a photo and posted it on Facebook and Twitter.
What a great day to be a rocket pic.twitter.com/1mG2OpGksk — haz (@HazelJuco) September 20, 2016
She told WXYZ,
I always hope that something good will happen, will somehow have someone who wants to help us with money, because our school obviously doesn't have money.
A short while after taking the photo, she was called into the office.
She told me that I was being suspended for three days OSS for taking a picture. It's "inappropriate use of electronics in the restroom.”
Every girl takes selfies in the bathroom and makes it their profile pictures on Twitter and Facebook, and no one has gotten in trouble.
It seemed that the school was singling out and punishing Juco for exposing a problem.
Luckily, other girls in the school had her back. They started reposting photos that they had taken in the school loos and hadn't been punished for.
@HazelJuco tried in boxing it to you but it won't send. Everyone does it and they're picking on you for what pic.twitter.com/eHhyZZytGx — sunshine (@QueenLishaaaaaa) September 21, 2016
@HazelJuco didn't get suspended for posting this on instagram twitter and facebook?pic.twitter.com/ZVYt9eGUtv — ashcash (@ashlynraquel1) September 21, 2016
The response to the photograph, and to Juco's treatment, prompted Wayne-Westand Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Michele Harmala to get involved.
Dr. Harmala made sure maintenance knew about the problem and that a plumber was sent out immediately.
She also addressed the "inappropriate" punishment and ensured that the suspension was expunged from Juco's record.
Harmala said in the future, students should report problems directly to administration so that they can be fixed immediately.