“I disagree with the school policy. If something happened, the child could use the cell phone to get help, like the little girl in Coney Island recently, who was abducted and used a cell phone to call for help. Her family and the police responded to help out in that situation. So the policy is not good.”
Belinda Leonard, Flatbush
Question: Students are prohibited from using cell phones in public schools. If they bring them to school, the phones are being confiscated and held for return to the parents. Do you agree with this policy or do you think students should leave the phones at home to avoid any problems? Why?
“That’s a good question. In public schools, the school should have a registry of who has cell phones and allow them to be used in emergency situations. If they are not used for truly emergency situations, then they shouldn’t be used at all. It’s not right for the school to ban all cell phones, because an emergency situation might arise.”
Errol Parker, Canarsie
|“I don’t think cell phones should be allowed in school. It takes away from why kids are in school. I think it’s a good policy because some parents don’t even know their children are taking cell phones into the schools. Kids should either leave cell phones at home or, if they do bring them to school and use them, the school should confiscate them and call the parents to give them back.”
Peter Irslinger, Canarsie“Well, I don’t agree that they shouldn’t bring them to school. A lot of parents buy their children cell phones to make sure the children are safe. So for that reason cell phones should be permitted in school.”
Emily Maldonado, Canarsie|