Georgia State House Representative Beth Moore announced that she set up a whistleblower email on Friday, Aug. 7, for any students, parents or school staff members to share unsafe conditions at local schools.
Moore (D-95) created the email, email@example.com, after news went around that North Paulding High School principal Gabe Carmona said in a recording that there would be “consequences” for students sharing photos or videos on social media that shed a negative light on the school’s operation during the pandemic.
The recording came out after a student had shared a photo of hallway crowded with students, with many of them not wearing face masks.
Moore wrote in a tweet that she created the email for any Georgia students or school staff to share any similar photos, videos and testimonials.
“I’ll give you the anonymous cover you need if you’ve been threatened with ‘consequences,’” she wrote on Friday.
Only a day after she tweeted out the email, Moore said that she had dozens of emails from both high school and college students, parents, administrators and teachers. She said in a tweet on Saturday that parents have also messaged her to share positive messages about schools in surrounding communities.
Moore started sharing some of the anonymous testimonies on her Twitter over the weekend.
In a video that she posted, she said a teacher from Paulding County had sent an email sharing concerns about the school changing its plans in regard to contact tracing and disinfecting of desks and other areas. She also said the teacher shared that only about 40 out of 130 students were wearing masks in her classes and many students were still sitting three to a seat on the bus rides home.
Moore shared a note from another staff member in Gwinnett County who said that they were worried about a lack of cleaning products and disinfectant in the school.
“[Our custodian said] he will leave because he doesn’t want to feel responsible for people getting sick or God forbid — dying,” the note reads.
Moore shared in a tweet that she is “shellshocked” by the emails that she has gotten so far. She said that she received hundreds of messages over the weekend, and she is grateful to all of those sharing their stories.