Cellphone fines

Posted Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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My seventh-grader, rightfully so, had her cellphone confiscated after it vibrated during class.

Under Mansfield school policy, a $15 fine must be paid "by the parent" to release the phone.

The problem is not the fine or the policy but the potential unintended consequences.

Statistically, both Dallas and Fort Worth occupy two slots on the top 10 list of cities for human trafficking of children ages 10 to 14.

Forced to leave school without their phones, our children have no way to call for help should they be accosted by predators.

Solution: Attach the fine to the end-of-year report card and release the phone at the end of the day.

With respect to cellphones, what goes on at school needs to stay at school.

The district policy is endangering the lives of our children beyond their scope of providing care, custody and control during school hours.

Is the spilled blood of our children equal in importance to losing five minutes of classroom instruction?

-- Allen D. Praytor,


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