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Student to Student

Kendall Fischer, Park Record intern

"Cell phones should not be seen or heard during the school day" states our Park City High School Student Handbook. The rule is enforced and it all works out; when a teacher or administrator sees or hears a cell phone, "disciplinary action" is taken, as promised by the handbook.

So the students the smart ones anyway just make sure that their cell phones are not seen or heard. In the restrooms, behind a group of friends during passing periods, or in the crowded lunch room, we can get away with it easy-peasy. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The rules aren’t written to be broken, but (here’s where we can apply what we learn in math) broken is not equal to evaded.

It is indeed very distracting when some guy’s phone rings in class and he starts singing loudly in an effort to block it out and everyone else in the class joins in with background music, or when the girl in the back row keeps laughing at the hilarious text messages she is receiving and discussing her witty responses with her friends. Let’s stay away from that.

Cell phone-stupid students can follow several tips to become cell phone-savvy students. Turn the phones on silent (this includes turning off the vibrate function that makes noise too, right?), and don’t use them during class where there is a teacher whose job is to watch us like a babysitter while they also attempt to feed our brains with useful information for next week’s test. That is not only unintelligent; it is also rude to teachers and other students.

While cell phone usage is disrespectful and disturbing during class, in the right time and place, there are instances when communication via cellular device is very useful, or even seemingly necessary. Some common examples include the need to inform parents of the canceled after-school club meeting causing different pick up times, and the forgotten homework / lunch / gym shoes / text book scenario.

Frequently, a mom needs to call to tell her son that he needs to find a friend to drive him home today because something came up at work, or a dad needs to text his daughter to remind her that she needs to take her little brther to soccer practice right after school. Most of the time kids on cell phones are not just yakking with their friends their friends are all in the same building. It’s usually communication with parents. And who will argue that talking with parents is such a bad thing? (Research shows that it actually keeps kids off drugs.)

It’s nice that the rule dictating cell phone usage during school hours is written in an ambiguous manner, such that it actually allows students to use cell phones as long as the faculty is unaware of it. There’s a time and a place for cell phone usage; let’s get away with what is necessary and possible to get away with, but let’s not be the stupid, annoying, disruptive kids.


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