Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools

In most of the schools cell phones are not allowed and also most of the people think that cell phone has alot of disadvantages and in schools cell phones are the cause of disturbance.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Yes, it should be allowed for the case of emergency.

It should be allowed to use cell phones in schools as if there is any emergency case parents can easily inform their children. It should not be allowed to use during lectures but during break it should be allowed. And it also helps after school time as if the children have any transport problem they can inform their parents. Other than this if they have to stay at school after the school time is over for any type of preparation they can inform their parents. but there is some schools that let phones in because of the safety reasons.

No because...

In case of emergency parents can contact head masters/mistresses or other members of the school faculty. Emergencies can occur during classes. What is a school child supposed to do in emergencies?

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Mobile phone use as a subject in school as computer is there.

In today's world there is a lot of progress in the tecnology about the mobile phones. AS the computer's, now mobile's retated sholud be also taught to the students and should made thm aware about its bad and good effects.

No because...
Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

There could be emergencys and it's their own choice.

I think that the students should be allowed to bring cell phones as long as they don't disrupt class or distract themselves and not pay attention due to the phone, if that happens the teachers can just confiscate it and tell that particular student that he/she may not be able to bring a cellphone to school. I think students should have the right of bringing a cellphone to school because its theirs. They have responsibility. if they dont cause trouble with it i think they should be allowed because also it is really convenient for emergencies and also the school phones might be out or they might not have access to one so it think bringing a cell phone is handy also you could use it to help for your classes like a calculator or as a flashlight. Therefore cellphones should be allowed.

No because...

ya i agree with you<= but there is also something called sexual harassment and people send pictures that are that have people naked n pictres.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

For perents to get a hold of the child

If something has happen or if they want to rearrange to be met somewhere else

No because...
Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Cell phone helps communication goes on

well, we have to thoroughly see what it is meant by not allowing. If not allow mean no cell phone at all within school circumstance, i would like to say big no.

As it is stated "mobile Phone", students will bring it wherever they are such as, in the toilet, library, cafe, or even class. It grows the mobility and flexibility between parents and their children. Why mobility and flexibility are so important? In case their parents are sick, or someone important for them is dead, or most cases, the students needs their parents help to bring something important that they forget, mobile phone is the first help to access, unless there is no even an account in their cell phone. Even if there may be a phone center in any school, yet it is still not as flexible as mobile phone. If the case is about class disturbance, it does not mean that we have to completely ban them. we can just simply establish a helpful school policy. For example, during the class the teacher shall ask student to put their cell phone in front of the class, or near the teacher. Then, student will have no chance to make use it wrongly that may disturb the class session. So overall, cell phone helps student to shorten the range between their parents. Parents can still control them. Parents still have their capability to inform anything important.

No because...

student shouldnt be allowed to bring cell phones to school and excuses like flexibilty is really ridiculous there is no need for that i mean there is already a system that works just fine. if there is a emergency the parents or guirdian should call the school office and then they will send some one down to inform the child plus texting or calling the child wouldnt make a difference because yuo are still going tohave to go through the office people to take your child out of school so that will be a even longer process and even if a teacher does take their cell phones of them during class think about during lunch times students have the opportunity to miss use their cell phone such as text bully many kids have been affected by this and allowing students to bring their phones to schoolwill only make things worse especially for the teacher because of the distractions of cellphones capability may be important but so is a childs education and future

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Yes, to some degree

I think that iPod's should not be allowed in school to some degree because it gets distracting at times, and people can be playing games and be on the internet instead of listening to the teacher and learning at school. There is a purpose to school, and if you decide to just sit there and play games all day then you will not learn anything, and your grades might start dropping.

I think that people should be allowed to be using their iPod's and electronic devices when it is recess time because that is the time when you are free to do anything you want. if people want to spend their recess on there iPod's when it is their free time, I think that, that is totally fair. I think that any other time during school hours is not ok, because if a person is talking and you are sitting in your seat with your iPod, then you might get it taken away, but it is also being disrespectful to the person that is talking, because you are not giving them your attention and being a respectful listener.

you can download games and apps prior to going to school and use them while connected to school wifi or not

No because...

I think you are wrong. You could download a program that allows you to block websites. If you have them in your school you can auto matically deny any games or webistes.That they should not be be on. You are not being disrecpetful. If you are not looking and just ingoring te person thats how i fill.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

They can be used as a tool.

Most schools dont have a computer of some sort so the kids have to write those papers. Yet if you add ipods to the school it cuts back on paper and other materials that are needed for school such a pencils, and ink. Think do you really want ipods in school.

No because...

Your theory requires every student to have an ipod, which is either coming from the parents pocket (which will start big problems) or its coming from the schools pocket (which is a lot more money, trusting a kid to not lose/steal that ipod). in the end, the computers would be cheaper and more "green" :)

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

Depends.

They should be allowed because it used for educational related tasks like, using the calculator or searching up information or taking notes when you forget your notebook or pencil. But I also think that teachers should limit the use of it, like during lessons and only to use during work time. It''s not like the teacher will let students use it during a test!

No because...

Students will hide the iPod on a test, so why take the chance of having to have a student retake the test. It would also give the kids a grade they don't deserve.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

They Can Be Used Educationally.

In my opinion ipods,cellphones, and other electric devices should not be banned because you could use these devices for learning. Ipods could be used as calculators. Cellphones also used as calculators and if you can get internet you could search something small and quick up. Other electronic devices like laptops can be used for reasearch for note taking etc. We are living in the twetny first century, people have to recognize that we are getting more into technology and getting rid of paper and pencil. Electronics are moving there way into our lives and theres nothing we can od to stop it. Using technology in class is definetly a yes. There's so much more you can do when using things like ipods, cellphones and other electronic devices. Yes students will be off task sometimes but they wil still get there work done. Over all I tihnk that elctronic devices should be aloud in schools for educaitonal reasons.

No because...

allowed* and you had a device you could have looked that up on.

point being, we learn more from searching and studying that we do from google doing our work for us.

In the end, it comes down to the fact that cheating is easier, much more accessible, being distracted, plaiying games is right at the finger tips of the students. Then comes the whole "listening to the music while the techers trying to talk"... not a good idea.

Then is comes down to money. If you want to eliminate paper and such and have all documents on a laptop or another sort of hand-held device (tablet, mp3 player, phone) then schools could eliminate books, worksheets ect. But this means every student needs to have the same device which so that the teacher can provide documents (in the same file format). This also means that every parent or school district needs to dish out so much money for very student to have said electronic device. This means instead of $40 for a lost text book, its $200-500 for the electronic devic thats lost or stolen. This would increase "crime rate" in schools!

Overall its expensive, allow for kids to cheat, get distracted and learn in less effective way. The idea of it sounds nice, but its not as good as the first glance.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
Yes because...

If used correctly they can diminish interruptions.

Let's assume a large class is taking a test. This class has maybe twenty-five students. The odds that you are able to separate all the students that may possibly be talkative or disruptive is minuscule, but if you allow these students to use an iPod at a low volume they will likely just listen contently. I have personally seen students get away with it for the simple reason that they draw no attention with their head down listening quietly to their preferred music. Isn't the focus of many school rules to minimize distraction to other class members?

No because...
Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

No, because students will be distracted

Cell phones should not be allowed in schools because if the students get bored, they might use them to play games or do other activities that distract their attention from learning.
In case of family emergency, the teachers have a cell phone and the parents could call them.

Yes because...

Sometimes teachers, parents or students are part of the problem. Parents with teacher cell numbers can include fathers/mothers/students who want to have an affair with a teacher(or vice versa) thus harass the teacher in question(or vice versa) with a multitude of text messages and after-hours phone calls, obsessive paranoid parents who want teachers to hop at their command, and students who think a teacher is their friend and should be updated on and invited to their every social venture. Conversely, teachers may harass parents/students. [[http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/teacher-kills-student-for-objecting-to-love-for-sister_100150309.html]]

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

camera phones are used to harass students

"Last month, WBOY reported on an incident at WFMS where a fight in the bathroom was recorded on a cellphone and posted on Facebook. Everyone involved in the fight was tagged, including the boy who was beaten up." -[[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43104529/ns/local_news-clarksburg_wv/t/complaints-bullying-harassment-continue-marion-county-schools/]]

Kids who get threatening text messages and phone calls are 4 times as likely to commit suicide than their counterparts. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvXqywwV7cw]] "Over a quarter (26%) of teen cell phone users reported having been harassed by someone else through their cell phone. Girls are significantly more likely to experience this (30%) than boys (22%). This trend is more common for those teens whose parents are under 40 and low in educational attainment."- [[http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Teens-and-Mobile-Phones/Chapter-5/The-cell-phone-has-become-a-new-venue-for-harassment-and-bullying-of-teens.aspx]] [[http://www.examiner.com/parenting-education-in-utica/cell-phones-negatively-impact-our-school-communities]] school fights/rapes are recorded via cell phone to add to the humiliation of the victim and the sense of empowerment perpetrators of these crimes have; there is an understanding that most of them are not caught, even after evidencing their crime and using videos and pictures to spread more fear. "Many schools in London have banned mobile phones because of fears of bullying and robbery. A number of violent attacks on schoolchildren have been filmed on mobile phones equipped with video cameras.In one of the most serious incidents a teenager was shot in the leg by two teenagers who photographed her injuries with a mobile phone. Kerry Deville, 17, had surgery to remove the pellet at Leeds General Infirmary after the incident in Wortley."[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1364626/Up-28-men-filmed-gang-rape-cell-phones-girl-11-Texas.html]] [[http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article534788.ece]]

Yes because...

It is not the knowledge/reporting of these crimes that needs to be drawn to a halt but their perpetration. Kids will be raped,bullied and harassed with or without cell phones. At least with cellphone evidence the police or ultimately the law can't shrug the incident off. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/sep/15/police-rape-handling-review-shelved]] currently most rape cases are dismissed and there are cases where rape victims are dubbed drunken/drugged seducers. [[http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-07-25/news/bs-ci-unfounded-rape-conviction-20100725_1_sexual-abuse-ellwood-park-police]] [[http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50925301-76/woman-machan-county-utah.html.csp]] At least when evidence is documented even when it is by malicious evil-doers with cruel intentions, the justice system can't turn a blind eye to justice.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

Happy slapping trend: Take away the camera phone = kill the fad

Many students, like biased media hubs are interested in shocking, horrifying and getting the attention of a mass audience via cheap thrills. A camera phone is the perfect mechanism by which young people aim to derive their 60 minutes of fame. The more shocking the video, the greater the attention/ratings/Youtube-views, take the camera away and the opportunity for fame(main motivation for this sort of erratic behavior) is also removed. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_slapping]] "Happy Slapping is known to have started in the South London London Borough of Lewisham,[3][4] in a format known as "Slap Happy TV", where a happy-slapping video would be recorded, and then watched by dozens of people like a TV show. The first newspaper article to use the phrase "happy slapping" was "Bullies film fights by phone", published in The Times Educational Supplement on 21 January 2005, in which reporter Michael Shaw described teachers' accounts of the craze in London schools.
The Phrase Finder describes the phenomenon thus:
Meaning:
Unprovoked attacks on individuals made in order to record the event, and especially the victim's shock and surprise, on video phones.
Origin: Happy slapping ... began as a youth craze in the UK in late 2004. Children or passers by are slapped or otherwise mugged by one or more of a gang while others record the event on video and then distribute it by phone or Internet.
Initially the attacks were, as the phrase would have us believe, fairly minor pranks ... As the craze spread the attacks became more vicious – often serious assaults known in legal circles as grievous bodily harm."
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_slapping#Media-reported_incidents]]
"United Kingdom: On 9 May 2005, a 16-year-old Plant Hill Arts College student was beaten up and left unconscious in a vicious "happy slapping" attack in Blackley. Footage of the attack was circulated on students' phones.[18]
United Kingdom, 18 June 2005: Police arrested three 14-year-old boys for the suspected rape of an 11-year-old girl who attended their school in Stoke Newington, London. Authorities were alerted when school staff saw footage from the students' phones.[19]
United Kingdom, 7 December 2005: Singer Mylene Klass was happy-slapped in Bermondsey, South London.[20]
United Kingdom, December 2005: A 15-year-old-girl, Chelsea O'Mahoney (an alias)[21] and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were all found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley near Waterloo Station, in London. Barry Lee, 20, and another 17-year-old were cleared of all charges. According to press reports, "The 15-year-old girl had told Morley that she was making a documentary about 'happy slapping' before her gang of friends kicked him to death."[22][23]
Denmark, 10 May 2006: Two men aged 17 and 19 attacked a woman in Copenhagen; one kicked the victim while the other filmed the incident using a mobile phone. Two plain clothes police officers saw the incident, and the assailants were immediately arrested and the mobile phone confiscated.[24]
Sweden, 1 September 2006: After a 16-year-old boy happy-slapped and hospitalised a 15-year-old Balkan boy in the city of Örebro, the victim's 17-year-old sister stabbed and killed the assailant with a hunting knife and claimed self-defence. The killing was filmed and distributed online.[25]
Australia, 23 October 2006: Police in Victoria launched an investigation into the contents of a DVD at the centre of the 2006 Melbourne teenage DVD controversy which contained footage of several teenagers sexually assaulting a girl and setting her hair on fire. Copies of the film were allegedly sold at the Werribee Secondary College for $10.[26][27]
United Kingdom, 26 January 2007: Andrew Elvin, 17, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years for the murder of Luke Salisbury, who died three days after being attacked by Elvin on 2 March 2006. Caine Hallett, 18, was sentenced to five years for manslaughter for the same incident, while Danielle Reeves, 18, faced a retrial in May 2007 for manslaughter.[28]
United Kingdom, 14 February 2007: Eight youths set upon a 31 year-old man in Brighton, who turned out to be an amateur boxer. Two of the youths were hospitalised by the intended victim and four were arrested for causing an affray.[29]
United Kingdom, July 2007: Anthony Anderson, 27, of Hartlepool, urinated on a dying woman while a friend made a video of the incident. He is reported to have yelled "This is YouTube material!" [30]
United Kingdom, November 2007: Emily Nakanda, 15, a contestant in the TV show The X Factor, withdrew from the competition after a happy slapping video in which Nakanda allegedly attacks a teenage girl was discovered on the internet.[31]
United Kingdom, February 2008: A 15-year-old girl admitted filming the death of Gavin Waterhouse, 29, in a "happy slapping" attack which ruptured his spleen,[32] and was convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter.[33] She was sentenced to two years detention. The judge stated that the courts had to make an example of such youths.[34]
United Kingdom, May 2008: A teenage girl fell to her death from an attic window while trying to escape a "happy slapping" girl gang.[35]
United Kingdom, August 2009: A retired care worker was assaulted and killed by two teens as he left his house of worship.[36]"

Yes because...

Instead of taking away phones, using the premise that bullies are attention seekers; wouldn't it be more sensible to figure why they crave attention or why their willing to use extreme violence to promote themselves?

From fights over a girl at the gate, underage sex, rape, teen pregnancies to Latrine humiliations, none of this is new. All of these things have been reported in books, journals, articles, movies and T.V programs dated from before everyone over 13 had a cell phone. To blame cellphones for this , is rubbish.

The logical answer has always been psychological counselling, juvenile imprisonment or some other curative/preventive/disciplinary action. To snuff/censor the act is to censure it . It is the least effective and most ignorant way to handle this. Pretending there isn't a problem, won't do away with it.

Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

No, the schools have phones, the students can use those.

The students at school bring their phones in case of an "emergency". But realistically the only serious emergencies that are happening at school are forgetting your gym clothes or lunch one day. In my school perticularly, an elementary school, you shouldn't need a cellphone, there is a phone in every classroom, as long as you ask the teacher, they'll probably let you use it, but with a personal cell phone, students can always get distracted and be tempted to use them during class.

Yes because...
Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

no cellphones should not be allowed in school

i think cellphones are a bad idea to bring to school because there is a probability that you phone might get lost, and your going to tell your parents that you lost the phone. They would get really mad at you. The other bad thing about bringing your cellphone to school is that someone might steal it and not give it back to you. They also might call random people and talk to them. If your cell phone has an annoying ring tone it might ring in class and the teacher might take it and not give it back to you. There are so many things that can go wrong so i think that cellphones should not be allowed in school. If there is an emergency then you can use the office phone or use your friends.KA

Yes because...
Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools
No because...

they can be used to cheat on tests

with all the new smartphones that have internet access, it is easy enough to simply google an answer.

Even non smart phones can be used to text answers.

Yes because...


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24 Comments on "Should the Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools"

Dennis Mwangi

Phones should not be allowed in school because,there is very high probability that students would use the phones inappropriately such that they cheat on exams and also other students without the cellphone may hv low self-esteem which may decline his performance

Camilla

These are some valid points.

Emma

we should because If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.

mavrick

i agree with you phones might have a lot of negative character features, but don’t think negative guys think of all the good that phones can do to help society.

Zack Smith III

If you want them to be successful in the real world, and use them responsibly, start them now, and guide them towards what is the right way to use them. Also if it is that big of a problem schools wouldn’t be changing their policies to accommodate cellphones.

Polly

Phones should be allowed in school, I get what you mean by it being a form of distraction in school but shouldn’t we have enough trust in students themselves to have enough responsibility to not let it distract. Okay so yeah there are those students who do use it to take advantage of things but in a way how are we (as students) supposed to learn these things to get better and learn from it? After all aren’t parents and teachers of this generation who say that we need to better from this technology upgrade?

Noor

No, phones shouldn’t be allowed at school because it’s distracting and disturbing ,students may cheat using phones and take photos of students without pirmission .As a teacher I disagree with the point of getting phones to school

Sofia

But when there is a test or quiz the teacher can just take the phones and give the students there phone’s back after they are done .

Annabelle

It’s not just at a teat or quiz that students could do something that isn’t allowed. For example, they can text during study time or play games when they are supposed to be working on an assignment.

Joseph Stalin

well simply create a large penalty (and i mean gigantic penalty) for taking pictures or doing anything your not supposed to

i agree

students will still find a way to cheat OR bypass the penalty.
there is a solution to everything!!

Crystal Dust

Phones should be allowed because what if there’s a emergency and the teacher isn’t there one of the students would have to call 911 but if phones aren’t allowed then how’s the kid supposed to get to the hospital 📱PHONES ARE USEFUL

billieholmes

i think cell phones should be allowed in schools because what if you are in a bad situation at home and no ones there you have to call someone close to you.

Storm Crow

Should Phones Be Allowed At School?
How do they affect our lives? Phones should not be allowed at school. Not only are they a distraction from education, but they expand the chances of a child cheating. Although parents take the excuse of emergencies or even the chance to be responsible, but really, children take the opportunity to be on their phone for mere entertainment. ‘Smart’ Phones should not be brought to school, it may damage brain cells. Emergencies are NOT an excuse. The teachers should be prepared for dangerous emergencies. We all should know by now that not many cell phones are used during emergencies. This could actually DISTRACT a child from an emergency. They would be focused on saving their electronics rather than their own lives.
What are phones used for? Sometimes phones are brought to school, used for entertainment, as stated in the paragraph before. Though students could cheat using their cellular device. Sometimes, allowing the use of the device could make the child more productive. Our lives are being affected by the use of the new technology. Even without access to technology, children could still learn by their peers and the information a book or even a teacher offers to them.
Not only is their education distracted, it is quite often that a child will leave their ringer or notifications on. This happens to distract not only themselves but the entire class.

Ella

So what if the child feels ill and needs to go home? Someone I knew became very sick and the office wouldn’t let her call home. Would you entrust your child’s safety, health, and well-being with a few office people you don’t know?

What if students walk home and they get stuck somewhere? Students should be able to call their parents at any time because situations might and will arise.

Phones should be allowed at school, but not in class. They should be left in the backpacks/lockers, but students can use them to call home at any time. This way: no distractions, no harassment, no cheating. Only safety.

Emma

should students be allowed to use cell phones in school? Well yes kids should be allowed to have cellular devices in school. Many parents want to be informed if their kids will be coming home and that way with a cell phone you can and warn your mom that you will not be coming home because maybe you are going to a friends house or you have a game after school. I think that they can have a phone but they can’t use it in class. In my opinion if students will use it for something good then they should be able to use cell phones in school.cell phones make it possible for students to stay in touch with family and friends. A student can call home and ask a family member to bring them a forgotten assignment or lunch money or to come pick them up if they are sick. Also, cell phones allow parents to keep track of their children’s whereabouts before, during, and after school. And, of course, there’s always the possibility of a student needing to contact a parent because of a dangerous situation. Thus, having a cell phone is like having a guardian angel. Students can also connect with friends, but not just because it’s a fun thing to do; my teacher asks us to text or email our friends when they are absent to let them know what’s going on in class and to inform them of any homework. When used responsibly, a cell phone can be an excellent communication tool.Geography and to keep track of my homework. My science teacher lets us use our computers to do research when we are doing group work or working on a project. For example, when we were studying weathering in chicago we did research on local jobs having to do with protecting the
Weather. Plus there are lots of great learning websites – including essay-writing websites – we can use to supplement the learning in class Cell phones are a quick and easy way to incorporate technology in the
Classroom. Cell phones should be allowed because they are useful to students. If a student does not ride the bus, he or she can call family members to pick them up to get a ride home. Cell phones can also be useful in school because they can allow students to look up things on the internet.If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.

aman

Yes cellphones should be allowed as every coin have two sides likewise if we try to see and accept the positive one it have positive effects

james.dolezal

no, because if there is a family emergency, the parents can contact the teacher/principal and reach the students through there. “as a learning aid” most schools nowdays have computers,tablets,phones, ect. for easy use WHEN AND OLNY WHEN THE STUDENTS NEED SOMETHING. students can come to the teacher and say; may i use use my chromebook/tablet/phone and look up soandso? if its appropiate, the teacher will say “yes” if they think it is innapropriate,the teacher can say “no”. they can be used to cheat on tests.

Ella

I think they should be allowed in school but not in classrooms. I have had several occasions where a hockey/netball/football match has been rearranged and I can’t let me parents know in time (my school has a strict phone ban). Phones could be distracting in lessons but at break or lunch, I think it is fine.

Shaun Barnes

I think cellphones should not be allowed in school because they could cheat in a test or call and text people and not do their work and just sit and play games when the teacher is talking or their working on a test

Avery Smith

I agree with you because shcools have phones for kids to use they might not be iphones or samsungs but at lest they work

Corey

On April 20, 1999, 2 teenagers walked into Columbine High school carrying sub-machine guns and homemade bombs intending to do some major damage. 13 innocent students were murdered and many more would have been if it weren’t for some students and their cell phones. 1 student, hiding for his life, calls 911 and describes the location of the school, and what the murderers looked like. If it weren’t for him and his cell phone and many others, many other students would have died.

Ella

Phones should be allowed in school, but with limitations. I believe that phones should be kept in lockers/backpack unless the person in question wants to call their parents. Not in class. This means no happy slapping, no harassment, no cheating on tests, no distractions. This way, you can call your parents for safety reasons. My friend has anxiety when she doesn’t have her phone with her, and she could just take her backpack to class and not get her phone out. It works for everyone.

There is, of course, a phone at the office that you could use if you wanted to call your parents, but the problem is…

My friend didn’t have her viola at school. Since orchestra was later in the day, she thought she’d call home and ask for it. They wouldn’t let her call her parents with the office phoneI let her use my phone, they found out and lectured me. I mean seriously, why wouldn’t they let her use the phone? She wanted to call to get materials for learning!

I once didn’t feel well and asked to call my parents. They asked me to go to the nurse’s office and said they would send someone. I waited there for twenty – thirty minutes and then just decided to power through the day since they obviously forgot about me. I did it and then went home. I later threw up at home.

After the first incident, my mom emailed the principal about it and asked them if I could just use my phone to call her if I ever felt ill or wanted to go home. The principal never responded.

So we’ve decided that silence is agreement. I’ve texted my mom on a few occasions and it’s been very helpful, especially if I forgot something or Track was canceled and I needed to tell her. One time, there was a lockdown because someone got shot a few blocks away, and it was very relieving for both of us to just be able to text each other.

The sister of a friend of mine was once actually very sick- sicker than I was- and they wouldn’t let her call home. They just had her wait in the nurse’s office like they did to me. She couldn’t call home because they wouldn’t let her. I’m not sure what happened if she finished the day of school or finally got to go home, I just know that she had the flu and couldn’t go home.

I don’t trust the people at the office to let me call home if I need to. They’ve proved themselves untrustworthy in the past. Students should ALWAYS have the power to call their parents, even if they don’t give an explanation to their teacher.

I believe this resolves all the ‘no’ points, while still allowing phones for safety reasons. If you see any way the above could be improved, please comment below.

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