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Should students be allowed to carry and use cell phones in school?

Background and context

With the advent of pagers and cell phones, children and students in high school and even in middle school have begun bringing the devices to school. This has been cause for concern to many, on the basis that it may distract students from their schooling. And, this, along with other reasons, have caused some to argue for banning cell phones and pagers in schools.

Emergency Contact: In the event of a school-wide emergency (a shooting, etc.)?

Yes

I have personally been in this situation and it won't start a panic. we had a bomb threat in our school in fall of 2007. We were all moved to our practice football field and most of us proceeded to call our parents and you know what, no panics started. Besides no parents could get to the school because all the roads were blocked so the police had free access. I really don't think they pose a threat. As for the danger described in the NO section, the bomb has to have a special detonater for that to work.

Cell phone use during a school-wide emergency does much more harm than good. Even a small amount of student calls could spark a panic among parents; the last thing a SWAT team needs is a rush of concerned parents blocking their way to the school. Any operating cell phone presents an even more extreme danger: the waves emitted by cell phones can set off bombs. Having all the students' cell phones on would certainly set one off.

Texting: Cheating and Rumors

Yes

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No

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