Just Saying… How do you feel about the new cell phone policy?

Lizzie

Lizzie Vanlerberghe ’13

Reporter

“Put your phone away.” This is an all-too-familiar phrase we’ve been hearing constantly since sixth grade. Over the years, cell phones and other electronic devices, like iPods, have become every school’s worst enemy and have been condemned from classrooms. Of course students have found ways around the rule. There’d the old “I’m just checking my purse” trick, when you hide your phone inside your purse to poorly conceal the fact that you’re texting. Or the very obvious, “Don’t move because I’m hiding behind you so I can use my phone and I don’t want the teacher to see.” (We’re teenagers, we’re not exactly clever.)

After years of using these well-known and absolutely genius tricks (sarcasm), I think the school administration finally realized that they were losing the war against electronic devices. Students just weren’t following the rules, and they were getting in trouble for it. It seemed a bit ridiculous to be getting detention for something as innocent as texting their mother because they forgot their lunch or their homework at home.

So here comes the year when LCN becomes a little more flexible on the cell phone issue. The school now has a policy that resembles a traffic light. ‘Green’ areas, like the cafeteria, the commons, and hallways in between classes are cell-phone friendly. In ‘yellow’ areas, such as classrooms, you need your teacher’s permission to use your phone. ‘Red’ areas are places where cell phones are a no-no. It seems like this policy could actually work for students and faculty alike, but is the new policy really as good as it seems to be? I can recall countless times in the hallway when I was nearly run over by a student texting and walking. I love that we have the freedom to use our phones and iPods, but it seems a bit ridiculous that people can’t put their devices down for just two seconds so they can pay attention to where they’re going.

We only have a little bit of time to get from class to class, and I don’t want to use those precious minutes fighting off crowds of cell phone abusers wandering aimlessly down the halls. The cafeteria and the commons area both have different environments than previous years. Instead of interacting with the people around them, students are busy on their phones, blocking out the world. I personally think it’s kind of rude to be on the phone when someone is trying to hold a conversation with you.

With that said, I hope that the new cell phone policy doesn’t ruin the social experience high school has to offer.