Cell Phone Ban: Richmond school leaders consider lifting cell phone...

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For the last five years Richmond Public Schools has banned cell phones in the classroom.
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not a teahead

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How can you suspend a student for sexting not on school property using their own personal cell phone?
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Because it's illegal. Especially if they are under 18, it's called child pornography. And I think they should have that rule for texting of any kind while in class. Come on people. Everyone keeps complaining about the state of their kids education, but now they are going to let cell phones in the classroom? One major distraction. They'll be on Facebook all day long.
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Why not? They no longer speak the King's English, know how to compose a sentence and handwriting is a lost art. Give them back their phones. They don't learn crap anyway.
Carrie

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THEY ARE IN SCHOOL TO LEARN!!! Not play on the phone!!@ABBY If they arent learning crap anyway, who's fault is that? We could certainly point the finger at the parents for not following through on their children's education. If parents and students are sooo concerned about safety then maybe the retarded members of the Richmond school board need to revise and come down harder on the policies for behavior! Come up with harsher punishments for those offenders. Then there will be no excuse to even have a cell phone while in school anyway! The students, especially high schoolers, need to wake up and realize that rules are in place for a REASON! They need to learn to follow those rules. The ones that don't are usually the ones that end up overpopulating the prison system. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! The parents that allow their children to break the rules are a MAJOR part of the problem as well. I have a high school girl and she will NEVER be allowed to bring a phone to school. She is there to learn not play!

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" For the last five years Richmond Public Schools has banned cell phones in the classroom.

But after parents and students complained about their safety, the district is now looking to revise the school policy and allow high school students to bring them on to campus."

That is the problem right there. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. Not the parents, not the students.

If the schools were safer they would not need to allow the use of cell phones now would they? By giving in the city admits they are inadequate when it comes to student protection.

"The school leaders are also looking at adding a new rule too; Students caught sexting in or out of school will be suspended and depending on the situation they could be expelled for their actions."

This is just the city trying to have SOME control over the situation, when in reality they are powerless. This is just like colleges trying to discourage students from being sexually active. Right.

How many of you older posters were ever suspended from school, for talking dirty on your "party lines" back in the day AT HOME? Exactly. The city can't even protect students in the classroom yet they think they can control them at home? What a joke.
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Unless effective rules are adopted and enforced to preclude their presence in classrooms, these cell phones will inevitably be used as a means of cheating and producing avoidable distractions.
Carrie

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@X-Ray, IT IS the PARENTS problem for NOT teaching their kids right! It is convenient to blame it on the school system, so that parents have an excuse for not making their kids follow the rules! I WISH mine would come home with a note saying that they were a threat to safety of other students! So now because parents have shown no ability to control their out of control BRATS, it becomes the SCHOOL SYSTEM's responsibility to try to gain control back! They need to KEEP the ban on cell phones, it does NOTHING to further their education! They NEED to come up with stricter behavior policies and stricter punishments, not to mention the LAZY security they have at the schools. WHAT A JOKE! As for disobeying rules, I was NOT one of the ones disobeying rules at home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! UNLIKE YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO DID, I RESPECTED MY PARENTS AND THEIR RULES. I had and still have sense enough to know that rules are in place for a reason!

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Carrie wrote:
THEY ARE IN SCHOOL TO LEARN!!! Not play on the phone!!@ABBY If they arent learning crap anyway, who's fault is that? We could certainly point the finger at the parents for not following through on their children's education. If parents and students are sooo concerned about safety then maybe the retarded members of the Richmond school board need to revise and come down harder on the policies for behavior! Come up with harsher punishments for those offenders. Then there will be no excuse to even have a cell phone while in school anyway! The students, especially high schoolers, need to wake up and realize that rules are in place for a REASON! They need to learn to follow those rules. The ones that don't are usually the ones that end up overpopulating the prison system. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! The parents that allow their children to break the rules are a MAJOR part of the problem as well. I have a high school girl and she will NEVER be allowed to bring a phone to school. She is there to learn not play!
Carrie, I'm sorry but I don't agree. In a perfect world, parents would be involved in kid's education but RPS is FAR from being a perfect world. Schools are just a place to house "students" during the day. No morality, No ethics, No common sense. One gets exactly what one expects from a child. If one expects nothing, then the child is most happy to oblige. Sad but true.
If anyone thinks public schools today are actually teaching the kids then I submit the sack carried by that Juan person's mule from columbia contained actual coffee beans.

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This article has nothing to do with education, it's about school's being unsafe and the city trying to ban cell phones at home.
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I don't really think the parents are worried about the kids safety while they are in the schools, I think they are worried about their safety while the kids are on their way to and from school. I think the answer is to let them take the cell phones to school, but make them turn them off while they are in the building, if they get caught with them on, take them away and make a parent come in and sign for it. I think what I would like to know is how these people can afford cell phones? Using 2008-2009 statistics from RPS website ( http://newweb.richmond.k12.va.us/about-rps/st... ) there were a total of 4,612 high school students and 3,234 of them received free or reduced lunches. I also believe the teachers at RPS probably do what they can to educate the kids, but the parents do not do the followup at home. I would hope that no parent would provide Internet service on their children's cell phones, so Facebook and other social websites (good, bad, or indifferent) should not be an issue.
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Oh, and as far as what the kids do with their cell phones outside of school - that is the parents issue, not the school system. If they enforce a no "cell phone on" while in school, it should not matter what they texed the night before. The students and RPS Board is kind of like the blind leading the blind, I often wonder which group has the lower IQ.
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Glen Allen.. sometimes its not up to the parents or not if they provide internet on the cell phones. You can go to WalMart and pick up a prepaid cell phone that includes the internet. With a prepaid cell phone the parents might not even know the have a cell phone.
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I agree with Carrie..so sorry ya'll. Did ya'll even bother to read your comments back and see if they sounded educated? It's people like ya'll that contribute to this kind of lowered standards for children! You go girl and tell them all like it is! I got your back!
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Aaron wrote:
Glen Allen.. sometimes its not up to the parents or not if they provide internet on the cell phones. You can go to WalMart and pick up a prepaid cell phone that includes the internet. With a prepaid cell phone the parents might not even know the have a cell phone.
I knew about the pre-paid phones, but I didn't know you could get them with pre-paid internet too. The lengths some people will go to stay connected. Probably great for drug dealers,child molesters/pornographers, and hookers though.
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I agree with Carrie..so sorry ya'll. Did ya'll even bother to read your comments back and see if they sounded educated? It's people like ya'll that contribute to this kind of lowered standards for children! You go girl and tell them all like it is! I got your back!
That's my whole point!! If cell phones are allowed, what next. You have a sex break rather than lunch? Things are so darn twisted nothing makes sense.
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Abby wrote:
<quoted text> That's my whole point!! If cell phones are allowed, what next. You have a sex break rather than lunch? Things are so darn twisted nothing makes sense.
Yeah well, some of the kids are doing that in the hall under the stairwells in at least one richmond high school. My son came home and told me THAT, and guess where the PRINCIPAL is?? According to students he is busy bein sucked off in the office by one of the secretaries. These schools need complete change. Allowing cell phones is NOT going to fix the problems that already exist! it is only going to allow them to continue and make them worse. Do ANY of ya'll have a child in RPS?? I DO! I have FIVE! I stay on top of THEM AND their EDUCATION! Do ANY of ya'll?! They have police officers and security guards that are supposed to be checking them every single day, yet they DON'T!! There have been students stabbed on those days and another day they did not check, a student had brought a gun to school! So I agree with CARRIE!!!! They need to be cracking down on the safety issue and behavior issues!! UH DUH! SO IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION (like CARRIE) THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!!
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Man I dont know how we managed in the 80s early 90s without these things.Its a good thing there was no danger,nobody worked after school,needed a ride or were in trouble back then because we wouldve all been dead,broke and walking all the time......First no kid under 15 needs a phone unless they are given that phone and it will only dial 911 or your home/work phone.If you are a parent and your under 15 child has a phone you are just weak and gave in,cut the bull.Second,you are not cool or impressing anyone with your loud phone conversations for some unknown reason you want me to hear,the colored people top this list.It was different or neat to have a phone in 1993,not now,get over yourself.Last but not least,when your 15-16 year old hits my family and hurts or kills them why letting everyone know on twitter that she had a hamburger for lunch I will own your asssss.That is a fact.Just know that with new government you will being paying for all those phones you see,safelink,assurance you all know what I am talking about.Free phones for all you silly people.
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Wow, so many differences of opinion. How can we expect the best of our kids if we as parents are not teaching them? It all starts at home! I have 2 highschoolers in Richmond schools! Carrie and NuNu have the most valid points on here! Phones have NO purpose in school! I intend to contact the school board and fight this!
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not a teahead wrote:
How can you suspend a student for sexting not on school property using their own personal cell phone?
Heres the ID thief again.

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NuNu wrote:
I agree with Carrie..so sorry ya'll. Did ya'll even bother to read your comments back and see if they sounded educated? It's people like ya'll that contribute to this kind of lowered standards for children! You go girl and tell them all like it is! I got your back!
Before you ask us if WE sound "educated" show me the word "ya'll" in the dictionary.

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