Viral Twitter photos that show students crowding a Georgia high school hallway resulted in the suspension of a student who took the photos.

The photos were taken at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia on the first day of school this week. The school is less than 50 miles northwest of Atlanta.

The photo shows students - many not wearing face masks - crowded in a packed hallway on their first day back to class since the coronavirus pandemic.

More photos were tweeted from the same high school on Day 2 that showed even fewer students wearing face masks.

15-year-old student Hannah Watters was suspended for 5 days for posting the images on Twitter, according to her mother, Lynne Watters, who said she filed a grievance with the school Thursday morning.

"I expressed my concerns and disagreement with that punishment," Lynne Watters said in a text message to the Chicago Tribune.

In an email to Fox News, North Paulding High School principal Gabe Carmona said a few cases of Covid-19 positive students with mild, flu-like symptoms "have already been identified."

Paulding County School District, Brian Otott, defended his decision to reopen schools, saying the viral photo was "taken out of context" because the students were only in the hallway between classes.

"There is no question that the photo does not look good." Masks are not required at the school, Otott said, although the administration strongly encourages masks for students and staff members.

Otott said mask wearing is not mandated at North Paulding High School.

"Wearing a mask is a personal choice," he wrote, "and there is no practical way to enforce a mandate to wear them."

Scott Sweeney, Georgia Board of Education Chairman told Fox News, "Mask wearing is not something that we can mandate... from the state board of education standpoint."

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp refused to mandate face masks in the state, preferring to leave the decision to local communities.

Recent studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes face masks - which were designed to stop bacteria - are not effective against viruses such as the coronavirus, which is 100 to 1000 times smaller than bacteria.

"We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection," the article said.

The New England Journal of Medicine noted "the truth about mass mask wearing, and that the main if not only benefit of masks is that it eases anxiety of some people.”
 

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Mask hysteria is bringing out the worst in people who believe it is their duty to police free-thinking citizens who choose not to wear a mask.

A viral video on Twitter.com shows a white male "Karen" assaulting a Black man for not wearing a mask.

When the customer pushed back, the man began screaming, "WTF? You assaulted me. Call 911! He assaulted me! Do NOT give him his food!"

After the shop keeper handed the customer his pizza, the male Karen destroyed a display case. "You shouldn't have done that. He assaulted me!" the man yelled, before leaving the store to pursue the customer.

Twitter users noted that the man wasn't wearing his own mask correctly. Nor was he practicing social distancing.

"He's screaming call 911 while holding a phone," tweeted @TPostMillennial. "Man, those masks really do keep oxygen from reaching the brain. And so guess that display case pushing isn't violence either."

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Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died apparently from complications related to COVID-19. Cain, 74, was hospitalized earlier this month after attending a Trump rally in June.

Cain's website announced his passing on Friday morning.

Cain had attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cain's team said he was informed that he had tested positive on June 29. His team added: "There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus.

Cain was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1.

Uninformed Twitter users bashed conservatives and others who refuse to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Herman Cain died because of his blind loyalty to Trump. He made a decision to attend," a Twitter user wrote.


 

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A detailed New York Times map shows where masks are being worn most in the United States.

The map was created from 250,000 survey responses and reflect the behavior patterns, political affiliations, peer pressure and the footprint of the coronavirus.

You are most likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in five random encounters in states where face masks or face coverings are mandatory.

According to The NY Times, the chances of all five people wearing masks in five random encounters are almost non-existent in states where the coronavirus rates are low.

At least 45 states require face masks to be worn in public or indoors in public places.

You are least likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in 5 random encounters in states where masks are not mandated - such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

About 59% of respondents in the U.S. say they wear a mask whenever they leave home. Compare that to 92% of people who wear masks in the Philippines and 85% of respondents in Mexico.

The next highest percentage of mask wearers in the world are Spain (84%), Hong Kong, Italy and Thailand (83%), Japan and Malaysia (77%), Vietnam (71%), and Germany (63%) followed by the U.S. (59%).

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Respondents who are majority mask-free when leaving home include the U.K. (19%), Australia (10%), Netherlands (9%), and Norway (4%).

Residents of Denmark, Finland and Sweden (where coronavirus cases are very low) rarely wear face masks.

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Canadian Rapper Drake was pictured posing with his entourage while visiting ex-Girlfriend singer Rihanna's childhood home in Barbados.

Drake caused mask hysteria on Twitter when photos surfaced of the Toronto rapper going maskless while not social distancing with friends in Barbados.

Drake arrived on Sunday in Barbados on his private jet with his crew of Toronto boys. None of them wore face masks or socially distanced.

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Dozens of states in the U.S. require mandatory face masks despite the low death toll. Dozens of retailers and financial institutions require mandatory face masks to enter.

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Most celebrities realize the virus is polarized in the United States to the extent that Americans are losing their freedoms and liberties. Those stars who have the financial means are fleeing the United States less draconian locations.

Stars who fled America for Europe say they will return to the U.S. after the November election when the coronavirus will suddenly vanish.
 

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