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They did say 'no cell phones'



Cell_phone2 Here's one for Tampa Bay area school leaders and parents to ponder as they forge ahead with tough cell phone rules.

Over on the east coast, Brevard's Thomas Jefferson Middle had a similar stance: Students are not supposed to use their phones during school hours.

Then came a gas leak that forced the school to evacuate for hours. A handful of kids called their parents to let them know. And they got suspended, as Florida Today reports.

Needless to say, some parents are upset.

"I'm questioning as a parent if they have more rights than I do," Penny Bandish told the paper. "Is giving her a suspension, that's going to stay on my daughter's record, the right punishment for the crime?"

District officials told Florida Today that exceptions can be made in emergencies. But kids still must follow the rules for making calls, and not just whip out their phones.

We're trying not to judge here. But we will raise this question: If kids were not receiving lessons, how is this disruptive? Just something for local officials to consider as they write their own regulations. To see an Education World article with recommendations for controlling cell phones in schools, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:02am]


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