The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Aug 10, 2020

Two students at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia posted videos on social media showing students packed in hallways when they went back to schools. Despite their inability to socially distance in those circumstances, the pictures showed many were also not wearing masks. The videos went viral and national media broadcast them as well, to warn the public about the dangers connected with back-to-school efforts in the midst of a pandemic.

So how did officials at the school respond? They suspended the students who brought attention to the danger for five days. Officials claimed the students violated school policy by using their cell phones and posting to social media during school hours.

How ridiculous! The state of Georgia is one of several currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths, thanks in part to a governor who opened things up too early and is unwilling to insist people wear masks. What’s wrong with this picture? Isn’t this what’s called shooting the messenger?

Fortunately, the school rescinded the suspensions. But only after a huge public outcry!