A nurse in the Georgia school district that went viral for a crowded hallway photo says she quit over concerns that not enough was being done to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Amy Westmoreland said she was forced to make a tough choice when she learned that face masks would be optional in the Paulding County School District, CNN reported.
“I work in the clinic, not the classroom, but my biggest fear was infecting the children or a fellow staff member,” she told news station WSB-TV. “I didn’t feel comfortable.”
She said her decision was validated by a photo that emerged from North Paulding High School, where many students were seen without masks during the first week of classes.
The image was taken by a 15-year-old student, Hannah Watters, who was suspended for posting it to Twitter.
Nine people, including six students, tested positive for the virus following the return of classes, the outlets reported.
“I find it very heartbreaking, and it was obviously some sort of validation, but it was not the validation that I necessarily wanted to see,” Westmoreland told CNN.
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