students enjoy new cell phone freedom

Jenna Alred

Reporter

   After the implementation of the new cell phone policy, students walk through the halls with blatant disregard for their surroundings as they text and tweet away.

   This year phones are allowed in the halls, commons area, and cafeteria. Red, green, and yellow zones are used to describe where cell phone use is allowed.

“I like being able to have my cell phone out while I’m not in class, so I can still talk to my friends without having to walk all the way to wherever they are,” said Morgan Rutz ’13, talking about the new cell phone policy of LCN. The new cell phone policy allows students to use their phones in the hallways, as well as whenever their teachers say the classroom is a “green zone”.

“I like it because it gives us a tad more freedom to use the phone for educational purposes while maintaining a blossoming social life,” said Devin LaPorte ’13.

   Teachers have a different perspective on the cell phone policy. Some are a little disappointed by the outcome of the pilot program, like Scott Light, a math teacher at LCN.

   “I don’t feel like it has worked out like we had hoped,” said Scott Light, “students end up coming later and later to class because they want to stay out in the hallways and text.”    Faculty expected the policy to eliminate texting and cell phone use in class, but it really has had an opposite affect.

   “I think the more students use their cell phones in class, the less social skills they will have to be able to communicate face to face,” says the french teacher Marie Howard.    

   “Texting is so much different than talking in person.” Howard thinks students should put their phones away during school overall to maintain an actual high school atmosphere.