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Text Messaging Disrupting Classrooms

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Anyone who has sat in a classroom knows it's easy to get distracted, and now there's another distraction teachers are concerned about.

"It's become the way of disrupting class. We used to pass notes or talk. Now they text message," Steve Buffington, Assistant Principal at Williamstown High, said.

Sophomore Cody Kelley admits, he's guilty.

"You don't have the teacher see you. You can just like kind of secretly talk," Kelley said.

With this new form of high-tech note passing, students aren't really afraid of getting caught, but at Williamstown High, teachers are taking an old-school approach to new technology.

"If it's a first offense, they get their phone back. If it's a second offense, their parent must come pick up their phone, and it it's third offense, then suspensions can begin," Buffington said.

Teachers like Ron Lathey say this new policy is helping class run smoother.

"They realize that the punishments are a little bit stricter and a little bit tougher this year," Lathey said.

A risk Cody is finished taking.

"I don't want to take the chance of getting in trouble," Kelley said.

But many students are still willing to take that chance.

"It's a big problem," Buffington said. "I usually get five to six phones a day."

Students in 9th through 12th grades are allowed to have their phones with them during school, but can only text at lunch.


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