North Paulding High School sophomore Hannah Watters, who shared a photo of the crowded hallways at her school, told CNN’s Boris Sanchez Sunday night that she has received threats over her release of the photo.
Hannah said she and her family and friends have been receiving screenshots of group chats in the school with threatening language against her.
One message said “I know where this girl lives,” Hannah said. Other threats, she said, included, “We’re going to jump every girl named Hannah in the 10th grade,” and “Hannah is going to have a rough day at school on Monday.”
“I feel like a lot of teachers have my back because they know how dangerous it is going to school. But I know that a lot of the kids that I go to school with, I’ve already gotten backlash for it, threats and things like that,” Hannah said. “I know I’m doing the right thing and it’s not going to stop me from continuing doing it. But it is concerning, especially since it’s a lot of the people I go to school with, people I’ve known for years now, that are threatening me.”
She said that she understands that seniors are worried they may have their last year of high school taken away from them and that she doesn’t want that. Hannah only released the photo to keep people safe, she said.
“I just hope that sooner or later everyone can understand that I’m not trying to shut it down and when I did expose the school district, it wasn’t to cancel the senior year, not to go after anyone. It was just to keep us all safe.” Hannah said. “Because you wouldn’t have your senior year because sooner or later the school was going to shut down and if we shut down or just go online for a week earlier, we can contain it quicker and we can use the rest of your senior year, the rest of the school year normally.”
Following the news that the school will close for cleaning for the next two days after nine new cases were identified, Hannah said many people have told her they are getting tested