You're right, it is against multiple school policies, but there's definitely more to the story:I have not read the article, so I may be wrong. If the student was suspended explicitly for sharing the truth of how badly they are managing COVID-19 at that school, you can feel free to ignore me.
Schools ban the recording of other students while on campus, and especially if the recording is uploaded to the internet, because the legal system allows parents to sue the school for a violation of their child’s privacy by another child.
Let’s say kid A records a video of kid B and posts it on the internet. Kid B’s parents find out and are upset because it’s private, harassing, embarrassing, etc. Kid B’s parent can (and sometimes do) sue the school for not adequately preventing the recording. This is true even at the middle school I work, where we have 1400 students. There are only about 100 staff members, and we can’t possibly catch everything (especially given how easy it is to take out your phone, snap a video or photo, and then hide your phone in your pocket).
But parents and the legal system don’t care. School districts have had to pay millions for the actions of independent students recording and uploading other students, even at times when no staff member could have possibly been there to stop it (restrooms, for example). So we have to ban any recording and posting. We make this explicitly clear to students, so violating that rule for any reason can get one punished.
Should they have done it in this case? Maybe not. But it’s still a common rule.
Two Students Say They Were Suspended From Their Georgia High School For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways
"We have a progressive discipline system. When disciplining me and the other student, they skipped level one and went straight to two." - one of the suspended students said. This wasn't just following policy, since this was a student who says she's never been in trouble before.
"Despite reports of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff, classes have resumed and students have been told they could face expulsion if they don't attend."
"The school district has also chosen not to enforce mask-wearing, calling it a 'personal choice,' "
Another article has more disturbing information.
A staff member attended planning sessions while symptomatic, and later tested positive, but the school is refusing to even confirm if any other teachers or staff have tested positive "citing privacy concerns".
Their virtual learning option had limited slots, and at least some parents weren't even notified of that option before slots were already full.
I have no doubts that this is not an isolated case, and that the majority of schools across the country are doing, or are going to be doing, the exact same things.
Batten down the hatches, it's going to get bad.