Just yesterday I wrote about the dangers of texting on your cell phone while driving.
Today I bring you the dangers of snapping pictures on your cell phone while learning…well while in the classroom.
At Mustang Mid-High School in Oklahoma City, a ninth-grade student was suspended for taking a picture of his substitute teacher sleeping during class. The picture was discovered on a social media site and then reported to the principal.
According to a statement from the school, “A student may possess a telecommunication device while on school premises but the use of a telecommunication device is not permitted during the school day.”
While I understand not allowing students to use their cell phones at school, I think the more egregious offense here is a teacher sleeping while on the job. As someone who works with middle and high school students on a daily basis I know firsthand how unsafe it is to leave a classroom of students unattended, not to mention the fact that the students were obviously not under instruction or being productive during the school day. It seems unfair to me to suspend a student for not following school rules when the teacher wasn’t awake to enforce them.
What do you think? Should the student have gotten suspended?
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