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Should Cell Phones be Banned from Schools?

January 12, 2012
By mockingbird5 BRONZE, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
mockingbird5 BRONZE, South Pittsburg, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Myles: "You didn't kill him. He would have killed you, but you didn't kill him."
Alanna: "So? He was stupid. If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep."
-Myles of Olau and Alanna of Trebond, In the Hand of the Goddess

In a society where almost everyone over the age of thirteen carries a cell phone, pager, or both, many school systems have banned these items from school grounds. Why? Many say it’s due to the ‘potential problems’, such as texting during classes. Others say it is because they interrupt the learning environment. Whatever the reason the school boards give, should cell phones really be banned from school premises?

In a day and age where everyone relies heavily upon modern technology for communication, cell phones are a good thing to have, especially for high school students. Many students have after-school activities, such as a sport or a club that they participate in after school hours, when most people, including the office staff, have already gone home for the day. The students need a way to contact their parents during and after these activities, and vice versa. If cell phones were banned from school grounds, even just during school hours, how would the kids contact their parents afterwards? With only one or two phones in the office or on a coach, having thirty or more students per activity coming in to use the phone one after the other is just ridiculous. It would take hours, something that would take minutes overall if the kids each had their own cell phone.

Many adults are worried that during a crisis, students having cell phones is a safety hazard. How? If the board is worried that all of the students would be calling 911 at the same time and clogging up the line, what is the difference between a thousand kids and two thousand hysterical parents? If they are worrying about rumors getting out of control by way of texting or calling, why not just tell the kids what’s going on rather than leave them in the dark to come up with their ridiculous theories? In my opinion, it actually provides a certain amount of safety. Parents may call their children and can know where they are, instead of them worrying whether the teen is at a friends house or out walking the streets with a gang after school.

The board, principals, and teachers alike are concerned that if cell phones are allowed in school, there will be problems with texting in class. My solution to this is to make a rule that says cell phones have to be off and put away during school hours. If a student is caught texting in class, have the teacher take up the phone for the rest of the day, or maybe even until the next day. This seems like a reasonable compromise, because that way the kids are still able to contact whoever they need to after school, but are free from distractions during the day.

As with the rule that bans the students from chewing gum in school, how is the school really supposed to enforce the banning of cell phones? Students will continue to bring phones to school regardless of whether or not it’s against the rules. Honestly, I think at least a few students bring their phones because it’s against the rules. The recent search at West High School, where over six hundred phones were taken up plus an unidentified number of iPods and the like despite the fact that electronic devices are banned from the grounds, only proves my point. Six hundred phones is over half the school!

Cell phones, while they might seem like nothing but a distraction and a safety hazard for school across the country, are in actuality quite the opposite. Banning cell phones from the school premises will only ever have detrimental effects. As long as there is a sensible rule in place, such as ‘Students are required to leave cell phones off and out of sight during school hours’, there is no chance of distractions or of safety hazards because of them. After all, there’s probably more of a chance a kid will trip and fall than the chance or a cell phone being a distraction when it’s turned off, isn’t there?

The author's comments:
This was a prompt during my previous school's 'Writing Blitz' in which we wrote essays on a number of topics in order to improve our essay-writing skills. I chose this prompt because it stuck out like a sore thumb to me, especially because of the rule that was currently in place regarding cell phones at that school. That ban has since been lifted.

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This article has 18 comments.

mahi said...
on Jun. 15 2017 at 10:28 pm

mmaseng said...
on Oct. 30 2016 at 10:04 am
Cell phones should not be banned

alexandreaw said...
on Jan. 8 2016 at 12:11 pm
alexandreaw, Sulphur, Oklahoma
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well anyone who lives in sulphur text me

alexandreaw said...
on Jan. 8 2016 at 12:09 pm
alexandreaw, Sulphur, Oklahoma
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cell phones should not be aloud in school for many ways

Snow said...
on Dec. 24 2015 at 9:25 am
Love the work!

Gloria said...
on Oct. 29 2015 at 6:39 am
Why did Brent feel after the accident,and how did he live the rest of his life

Gloria said...
on Oct. 29 2015 at 6:32 am
Why did Brent want to kill him self

on Apr. 11 2015 at 7:10 am
How could phones be a safety hazard?

Bitch said...
on Mar. 16 2015 at 9:19 am
Yep they should

on Mar. 16 2015 at 9:17 am
Yes they should

Lex98 said...
on Mar. 2 2015 at 6:59 pm
I think students should be able to have cell phones in high school only if a teacher finds a student with a phone it should be taken away and given back at the end of the day and 3 times the principal should revieve and parent come and get it. That way not every one is being punished for one bad apple thats just not fair everyone punished

gues said...
on Feb. 10 2015 at 1:29 pm
this helped me with my project thanks

Student said...
on Nov. 17 2014 at 6:35 pm
When was this written?  

asdfasdfasdf said...
on Oct. 16 2014 at 4:30 pm
hahah i also used it for my debate  

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on Jun. 3 2014 at 1:56 pm

drcsrffxd said...
on Jun. 3 2014 at 1:54 pm
awesome thats cool

derspret said...
on Jun. 3 2014 at 1:53 pm
cooooooool awesome

Gimberg said...
on May. 5 2014 at 9:58 am
That's totaly right, what if a student has a program after school and later on has an emergency where a phone is the only way to save that student. Perfect topic for my essay

cady said...
on Jan. 5 2014 at 11:18 am
it really helped a lot ..........tnxxxxx

dperera said...
on Oct. 14 2013 at 11:16 am
thnx a lot this helped a lot and i used all the things here for my debate