By Nathan A. and Eric H.
Did you know that the RMS office has collected over 60 phones already this year? Most students here at RMS have cell phones. Many students abuse their privilege of having cell phones by using them at inappropriate times. They send text messages during class. When the end of school bell rings, most students pull out their cell phones.
Have you ever thought of not having your cell phone for the school day? What most students don’t know is that can happen. By using your phones at school, first time offenders have their phones taken away. Students have to pick it up at the end of the day in the office. Repeat offenders earn detention and parents have to come in to sign the detention slip in order to get the phone back. On top of that, students may lose their phones for an entire quarter.
If you are caught using your cell phone on campus a third time, it will be gone until the end of that quarter, along with a one hour detention. Don’t play the “that’s illegal” or “you can’t take my property” card. The school can and will take your phone. Believe it or not, when your parents enrolled you at RMS, you and your guardian signed a form saying they can take your cell phones away.
“Phones shouldn’t be used in school as they are for emergencies only. If students continue to break the phone rules, they should lose their privilage to bring them to school,” said Seventh Grade Math Teacher, Mrs. Stephany Nakamura.
Cell Phones and computers are also becoming a bullying tool. Cell phones, mainly smartphones, make it so simple for bullies to pick on people. There are many smartphone applications to get another number to hide behind and bully. Bullying at school is not tolerated and when school officials have to deal with bullying by text message, phones are confiscated. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Kik messenger are available for any iPhone or Android user.
There are many pictures of classrooms, teachers, and students all over Facebook and Instagram. The captions of these picture can sometimes be mean; making fun of students or even teachers. Students all over just need to resist the urge to use your phones during class. Remember, grades are more important than “likes”.
Editor’s Note: Some teachers allow students to use their phones for research purposes. Be sure you ask a teacher’s permission to do this ahead of time. It saves a lot of discussion later.