School Board Wants To Ban Cell Phones After Principal Caught Strangling Student

School Board Wants To Ban Cell Phones After Principal Caught Strangling Student

December 21, 2007 5:52 p.m. EST

Linda Young – AHN News Writer

Shreveport, LA (AHN) – An incident caught on a cell phone camera might lead the Caddo School Board to ban cell phone use at schools during the academic day from 7 a.m. until school ends. The idea was born when a student with a cell phone camera took photos of a physical fight between another student and the Huntington High School Principal Jerry Davis. According to The Shreveport Times, the cell phone images caught the media’s attention and school board officials had to put Davis on paid administrative leave. KSLA TV 12 reports that Davis was accused of choking the student. In explaining that she wasn’t really banning cell phones from schools, School Board Members Dottie Bell said that the student who used his cell phone to photograph the incident highlighted the fact that students are misusing their cell phones during school time. "Students are misusing the phone. They are texting test answers, they are taking pictures while changing clothes, and sending them to You Tube," Bell said. But the Caddo Federation of Teachers objects to banning students from using cell phones during school hours. They say that it would require checking the students. Anyway, both teachers and parents say they favor students having the security of cell phones to communicate in light of the massacres at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech. But school board members say that banning cell phone use would be in line with existing school policy that bans use of electronic devices during school hours without permission from the principal, The Shreveport Times reports. If the student with the cell phone camera had been following that rule, it is doubtful that Davis would be on leave now, because it can be assumed that he wouldn’t have given a student permission to photograph him while he was choking another student.

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