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April 14, 2009 Poll Results

Should students be allowed to use their cell phone in school?

Yes 11% 61 votes
No 41% 210 votes
Only in an emergency 46% 240 votes
Total: 511 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


May 17, 2009
3:56 p.m.

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cell phones should not be allowed to be used during class.
it is violation to others rights to learn.

May 17, 2009
6:51 p.m.

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Is the poll "in school" (including when not in class), or just in class? There's a big difference.

May 24, 2009
8:40 p.m.

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That should also apply to staff, teachers,and anyone employed by the districts they work in. With the exception of the school resource officer.
Teachers and staff walk around the halls and in class on their cell phones, that should not be acceptable either. It cannot be a double standard. The adults are supposed to set the example not be the exception to the rule.

October 5, 2009
7:18 a.m.

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When at lunch or in the locker room, I don't see what the problem is. I always think back to Columbine and the notification of authorities. If not for cell phones, how long would it have been for help to arrive.

October 5, 2009
8:13 a.m.

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You can't say 'just in an emergency'. One person's definition of emergency is often FAR from another persons definition of emergency. Teachers should be allowed to use them in teacher lounges ONLY. ANYONE caught using a cell phone or allowing it to even ring or vibrate should have it taken.

November 27, 2009
11:49 a.m.

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Y'know, I never had a cellphone in school, and I got by just fine -- on the one or two rare occasions when I actually NEEDED to make a call, I went to the office and asked to use their phone.

March 22, 2010
11:14 a.m.

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I voted yes, but it's not a simple "yes or no" question. I see no reason for cell phones not to be allowed in school, so long as they are not used in classes. During lunch, recess (where this applies), etc - when they aren't impeding the learning process - no one has ever given a good reason why they can't be used. If someone is causing a problem with one even outside the classroom (i.e. sending inappopriate texts or pictures, or using them to threaten other students), then that student should be dealt with accordingly. If one student brings an inappropriate book to school, we don't punish the entire student body by banning books.
To lkarandy: I agree that this rule should apply to staff, as well.
To MDogsMom: Just in an emergency means just that. An actual emergency, not a teenager's possible definition of one (the school being on fire is an emergency. Forgetting your iPod is not). Whether a teen considers something an emergency or not is irrelevent - we're all intelligent enough to know what true emergencies are, whether we admit it or not.
To mhowie: Many of us never had cell phones in school, and got by just fine. Many of us never had computers in school, either. Some people didn't have calculators in school. Hey, in the 1800's many kids didn't have textbooks, and they got by just fine. Just because an earlier generation "got by" without the newer technological advances isn't a reason to deny it to the current generation.
There are times when it is important for parents to be able to reach their children during the school day, and calling the school and hoping that the administration will actually pass along a message in quick fashion is irrational when there is a direct line to said child available. It's like calling 911 and having to be routed through a secretary before talking to the 911 dispatcher - you simply wouldn't do it. Kids who are using their cells - whether for an emergency or not - outside of class time are not hurting anyone. Let them be. Don't make the rule "NO CELL PHONES IN SCHOOL" - make the rule "ALL CELL PHONES STAY IN YOUR LOCKERS DURING CLASS TIMES".

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