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Should cellphones be banned in schools?

First it was a quick phone call in a bathroom. Then it was texting underneath the desk. Now it's video of fights and confrontations in hallways.

Prince George's County educators have watched as advancing technology has expanded the ways in which cellphones can distract and get students in trouble. So, Thursday afternoon, the school board is poised to adopt the strictest cellphone ban in the region. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  May 13, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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As a Principal, our policy is for students to keep them out of sight.I understand that parents want children to have them for emergencies, but when things happen students get on the phone to call cousins, uncles, aunts, etc. up to the school fight.

Posted by: rickyroge | May 13, 2010 7:46 PM

Why should kids have phones now when they haven't ever NEEDED them before?

Posted by: dwags66 | May 14, 2010 2:00 AM

Kids didn't NEED them 5 years ago. My parents didn't NEED cell phones (had they even had them.) My mother watched Kronkite deliver the Kennedy assassination alert in her classroom, but doesn't remember needing to call her parents.

Posted by: dwags66 | May 14, 2010 2:03 AM

I do not think they should use them while in class, but in todays society, students should be allowed to have cell phones in school - Look at the shootings, stabings, fighting, bombings, etc - students should have the right to carry a phone in case of emergency. And in the same aspect, they need to understand (and learn) that you can not use it for NON-EMERGENCIES in class. And I am pretty sure that 15 yrs ago when I was in school and my parents were in school - we did not have the same threats then as kids today do...

Posted by: lmw60 | May 14, 2010 11:28 AM

Students use cell phones to take pictures of tests they're taking, or text answers back and forth. In England, there is a huge problem with students harassing teachers to get a reaction they can record and post on-line. Cell phones are not useful tools--they're weapons, and should be banned. The threat of "emergencies" (terrorism, bombings, etc.) is in fact so remote that it doesn't justify the constant daily struggles teachers face with students texting, photographing tests, etc. BTW, DWAGS66, when there is a real emergency, such as an intruder, students are NOT to use their cell phones as it can overwhelm available air space and emergency responders can't communicate with each other. Schools should provide tiny lockers at the door where students can store their phones during class time.

Posted by: pattipeg1 | May 15, 2010 7:20 AM

So they didnt need them 5 years ago, 5 years ago many had them in class. I am a high school graduate in 2001 who had a phone in the class room in 1999 along with alot of others, just now virtually everyone has them and its being noticed. Saying they didnt need them is like saying you didnt need a computer 20 years ago so you dont need one now. For teens especially on Fridays it is very helpful to have them, for anyone involved in any activities needing a ride later or something of that nature it is a huge convinience that would have happened 20 years ago if cell phones were as developed as they are now. Keeping them out of site is probably the best policy. The more rules you have in a school the more people are going to try and break them, so if a school bans them more kids are going to figure out where in the school they can text and get away with it. In an area where school zones are spread out ( for example some Herndon students attending Langley) forcing a parent who may work in the opposite direction to come get a cell phone is unfair, this also adds to the reason students should be able to have cell phones in their lockers and out of sight

Posted by: fish9669 | May 15, 2010 8:54 PM

that you can not use it for NON-EMERGENCIES in class

Todays child`s "emergency" is a lack of oreos at lunch.

Posted by: nanonano1 | May 18, 2010 7:46 AM

It is a TERRIFIC idea to ban cellphone use in schools. As more and more students see school as a bore, a waste of precious time, they become unable to think and reason in a valuable way. Turn 'em off, kiddies: there are things to be gained, like concentration and the ability to focus.

Posted by: chiappe | May 18, 2010 12:57 PM

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