Schools Struggle Over What To Do About Ever-Present Cell Phones

GOSHEN, Ky. (AP) - A text message to her cousin during Spanish class forced Allison Gullion to say "adios" to her bright pink cell phone, a $200 Christmas present she was so attached to she cried afterward.

The North Oldham High sophomore isn't the only one. Dozens of students in the Oldham County school district have been forced to give up their cell phones due to too much chatting in the hallways or texting during lessons.

"I feel it's a phenomenon we can't fight," said school board chairwoman Joyce Fletcher.

Oldham's policy dictates that a student caught using a cell phone will have it taken away. A parent has to pick it up from school and sign a form acknowledging that if the student is caught using it again at school, it will be forfeited to the board. Most of the phones have been donated to shelters for battered women, who can use the phones to call 911 in emergencies.

But with the number of items - and the cost to buy them - rising, the school board is having second thoughts about the policy. The board is considering revising the policy to allow students who had an electronic device taken from them during the year to get it back once the school year is over.

"That thing wasn't cheap," said Joni Burnett, Allison's mother. "I understand that they shouldn't have them during school, but don't take them away."

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  • by Hannah Location: Clay Center, Kansasa on Feb 25, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    Kids do need cell phones in school to be prepared for any type of emergency. You never know what might happen, as soon as your child walks out that door, and is of to school. Any, and Every one should have a cell phone 24/7 to be prepared for any kind/ type of emergency. You never know what may/ might happen next, and the best thing to do, is to be prepared for what might happen.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 30, 2007 at 05:34 AM
    The line that parents pay for their kids' cell service is their responsibility; of course the school isn't paying! When you buy that phone and place it in your minor's hands, you are responsible for what they do with it. If there is a school rule against cell phones, and the kid disregards it, then there is a consequence for that action. When you put car keys in their hands, you are responsible for where and how they drive. If they park in a spot clearly designated as "no parking" and get towed, should the city pay that tow bill? If you have kids that have not been taught to obey rules, and they break them, then you are responsible. Please lets try to make a distinction between adults and minors. They do not, should not, and can not have the same responsibilities and privileges given to adults. Teachers are on a different level than their students, or should be. If parents today can't find that line that separates adults from children, it's going to be sad.
  • by Randall Location: Waynesburg on Aug 29, 2007 at 07:13 PM
    Fred, I thought we were talking about cell phones. How did guns get into the conversation? There are actual laws against having a gun at school. There are no laws against cell phones. Getting off on tangents like that just cause confusion and make no sense.
  • by Tonya Location: Winchester on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    Its not just the kids that use cell phones in class the teachers do as well. My kids are always telling me about the teachers talking on their cell phones and answering them right in the middle of class. soooo..... if you want the kids to not use them make the teachers not be allowed to use them as well, kids only learn what they are taught!!!
  • by mom Location: ky on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    I dont understand what the problem is with the parents wonting to fight with the schools is the phones should not be on during school with the child is cought it should be taken away !my daughter has one and it is never on during school and if she was caught with it all i ask is call me i will pick it up and she WONT GET IT BACK we should all have this rule and maybe the teachers lives might be a little easier you think call me ha!ha!
  • by Cari on Aug 29, 2007 at 03:14 PM
    Is the school board going to pay for the bill until they give back the phones?
  • by JANET HOUSE Location: MT VERNON on Aug 29, 2007 at 12:04 PM
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Aug 29, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    TAKE THE PHONES OUT OF SCHOOLS! I agree with everybody when they say to take the phones out of schools. I think that if they are caught with them then they should be suspended for a few days and maybe then the parents will start cooperating with the schools. You must face it though, if the parents aren't going to cooperate then it is a losing battle that the schools are fighting. It is a shame that parents would rather have their children play with their phones at school instead of learn.
  • by Voice of a Parent Location: E. KY on Aug 28, 2007 at 07:27 PM
    I totally agree. No phones in school!!! Put them away. You are there to learn. Block the texting!!! They don't have it they can't use it. Mine don't have it. Take responsiblity as a parent!! My girls both have cells phones and they do not get them out until after school. If they do and get caught the phones are mine!!! The school doesn't have to take them I will and they won't get them back. I will cancel their plans and that will be the end of it. I do like having them so they can reach me when needed. But not during school! If they have a problem and need to reach me they can go to the office and use the school phone and that is what they do. They know I will take their phones in a heart beat!! I tell my kids NO!!! Can you?
  • by Tamra Location: Kentucky on Aug 28, 2007 at 06:00 PM
    Rich Kids, and Jealousy is that what this has turned into Sounds like a Republican debate if you ask me. It has nothing to do with either, it has to do with RESPECT, which a majority of children do not have these days. There are plenty of other ways to contact parents if school lets out early so lets drop that, my children are in grade school with no cell phone and I am always aware if they get out of school early, it is on the news for goodness sake, lets just keep adding fuel to the fire, now I know where these kid are learning their whinning tactics. Pay phones would be the excellent resource, they can be used in emergencies as well so don't go to screaming, What about Emergencies? Take the cell phones away from kids and give them to the parents if they get caught with them, evetually the parent will get tired of coming and picking the phone up and will finally teach them respect. Just because the example we didn't have it and we faired well was used, doesn't mean are people jealous.


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