School Officials Accused Of Violations In Using Student's Mobile Phone

from the due-process? dept

The question of mobile phones in schools has come up many times – and the general opinion towards them seems to change with the times. It used to be that they were banned, but following Columbine and September 11, many schools changed their minds, realizing that phones serve a safety purpose as well. More recently, schools are banning them again as they fear the overhyped potential of camera phones to cause problems. No matter what, though, schools most schools are pretty strict in saying phones should not be used in class (for obvious reasons). Thus, it’s not news worthy to hear of a mobile phone being confiscated from a high school student by a teacher and a a school administrator. However, for them to then take that phone, check its text messages and voicemails, call other students in the addressbook and send out deceptive text messages seems to go well beyond what should legally be allowed. The teacher and the assistant principal involved claimed that they believed the student was involved with drug dealing after reading a text message from his girlfriend asking for a tampon (which they claim is common drug slang). Of course, that means they read the text message before they suspected him of any drug dealing activities. Furthermore, to then call other students and demand they come down to the office, as well as sending deceptive text messages to others seems to go well beyond what is acceptable practice in confiscating a phone. The family of the student is now considering taking the case to court, while the school district is still trying to defend their actions. The article linked here has quite a few details behind the case, so it’s definitely worth reading.

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Anonymous Coward says:

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It’s probably been said before, but this is a slippery slope. While on the one hand parents want schools to be safe, disciplined environments, they don’t like it when administrators overstep the bounds of what is considered reasonable. Zero tolerance is supposed to combat this, but in fact, it makes the situation that much worse.

I think they should just outright ban the phones, unless you have a special need to have one. Laptops doubly so. The network security implications alone need be reason enough.

Frozen Chrome says:

An idea

“Before we start the class, could all students please place their cells phones in the sloted box over in the corner? You may retrieve them after class. Remember to either turn them off or put them in silence mode. Anyone caught with a cell on their person during class, let alone using one, will be requested to leave the class immediately. Thank you.” The students begrudgingly followed the request…

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