Cellphones in school: a public safety issue
I am a product of the Prince George’s schools, graduating from High Point High School in 1999 -- the year the country's worst high school shooting took place in Littleton, Col. Cellphones were not as common then. If they had been, I imagine some of the hysteria that accompanied that tragedy, especially from parents, could have been alleviated.
Given Columbine, and then Virginia Tech, keeping cellphones from students is public safety issue. It's laughable to hear board member Donna Hathaway Beck (At Large) argue that students need to be focused on academics while in school; it's been clear for years that the school board itself needs to focus on academics. In 2007, instead on focusing on how to improve the system, the members were concerned about stripping voting rights from the student member of their board.
Instead of taking the time and expense to enforce a ban on cellphones during school hours, a more productive approach would be for the board to institute a policy of teaching students the proper time and place to use their cellphones.
| May 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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