Local School Changes Cell Phone Policy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/29/05

Local School Changes Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones will be allowed at Lubbock Cooper High School this year. The board lifted its district ban on Thursday, becoming the first district in the area to approve cell phones at school. But not all districts believe schools are a place for cell phones.

For most kids, staying in touch with their parents is as easy as flipping their phones. Tessa Romero, a junior at Lubbock Cooper High says, "Everybody I know has a cell phone, that's how I keep in touch with them."

Lubbock Cooper ISD wrote in a policy that allows students to have cell phones at school, but that doesn't mean they are allowed to use them during class. Deputy Superintendent Thom Vines says, "Their phones need to be off during class, if they go off, they will get them taken away and there will be disciplinary actions."

But other school districts in the area do not allow cell phones because they say even having the phones around will cause too many distractions in class. Frenship high school principal Kim Spicer says, "80-90% of our students have cell phones, we can't have that kind of distraction."

Both Frenship and Lubbock ISD believe cell phones can take away from classroom learning, Spicer says, "Our policy is that we prefer they keep them in cars, if we see them we take them up."

But Lubbock Cooper says as long as phones are regulated they don't see a problem. "Society has changed, cell phones are all over. Parents wanted a way to keep in touch with their kids before and after school and we think that's a reasonable request."

The new rules will go into effect this fall and Lubbock Cooper students say it's about time. Tessa says, "We are mature enough to handle cell phones, and we know when we can and can't use them."

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