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Cell-phone rules wise

| Monday, April 16, 2007

If school officials in the Valley need a reason to strictly enforce bans on cell-phone use by students, they certainly can cite a recent incident in Kiski Area High School.

A couple weeks ago, a cell-phone picture of two students in a sexually compromising position in a boys bathroom was apparently circulated to numerous student cell phones during the day.

School personnel saw the picture and immediately began looking into the incident and the distribution of the picture. Some cell phones were confiscated.

The two students involved in the incident faced disciplinary action. And Allegheny Township police are investigating.

But school officials also said anyone circulating the pornographic pictures would be disciplined, as well.

A letter was sent home to all parents reminding them of the cell-phone policy. Phones are to be kept in lockers during the school day and those using them in class can have their phones confiscated.

Kiski Area is the latest local school district to crack down on cell phones. Allegheny Valley recently sent letters home to parents about the problem and Armstrong School District updated its policy to include a ban.

Again, parents and school officials need to work together on this problem. The last thing teachers need during the school day is students using their cell phones.

At the end of the school day, kids can phone parents or siblings about transportation or after-school activities. Or parents can leave a message on the phone that students can listen to after school.

We urge all districts to strictly enforce these bans.

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