Philadelphia school fighting cell phone misuse by banning Uggs

Philadelphia school fighting cell phone misuse by banning Uggs
Back in prohibition years, a common practice was to smuggle booze in flasks concealed inside a pair of loose boots. That is how the term “bootlegging” became popular. Nowadays, a similar phenomenon appears to be occurring in some educational institutions, and Pottstown Middle School in Philadelphia is one of them.

Apparently, students have been smuggling cell phones inside the school by stashing them inside loose, fuzzy boots. And to prevent that from happening in the future, the school has decided to impose a ban on open-top footwear, including the popular Ugg brand. Those who violate the rule will get a detention, and getting caught three times will result in confiscation of the phone.

It goes without saying that a ringing cell phone could be very distracting in class, yet some believe that the ban of loose boots is a bit too extreme of a measure. Adrienne Beyer, whose daughter attends Pottstown Middle School, suggested that the actions of a handful of students who disrespect the school code are now the cause for some 600 innocent students to be affected by the ban. Nevertheless, her daughter will follow the rule, Beyer added.

What do you, guys and girls think? Is banning Uggs what will stop students from bringing their cell phones to class, or would it hardly make a difference? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

source: Reuters



13. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

This rule makes no sense, and is a plain weird policy. I've never seen anyone AT ALL hide a cell phone in their Uggs or "open shoes" at the high school/middle school I go to! And besides, I've never understood the outright ban on them in public schools! There have to be better ways. But use during breaks, or for research in class is really a missed opritunity! Schools have always wished for more, better technology! Well guess what, the students are supplying it now. And it's being banned. Stupid. In class, life would be much easier if they let me pull out the phone I keep in my pocket to google something instead of having a line at the computer for a quick google search! Make a wifi network that blocks different things at different times. Block out connections to cell towers except for emergency calls. Don't ban furry boots. Seriously! And honestly. No amount of banning has EVER stopped anyone from texting in class. The only time it would be an issue is during a test. So instead of putting out and unreasonable and unenforceable ban, regulate it. Have a bin everyone puts their phone in during tests! Make students keep the phone visble! Have a restricted network. Schools don't seem to learn.

11. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

The education system just needs to learn how to engage students to use their phones to better their education. I remember in my school days I was told I needed to learn how to show my work on math problems, cause I wouldn't always have a calculator with me.... well they were wrong, cause I do its a cell phone. Take a step back and learn the skills and knowledge that a phone can't tell you... then teach that. If a test isn't hard enough to past with a smartphone in hand, then it isn't teaching them enough. Cause as soon as they are out of school they will have a smartphone in their hands. Used to be a dream to get every student their own laptop for class.... This has almost been achieved, just the laptop is in their boots, cause now you don't want them to be smarter then the teachers.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

using the cellphone on campus is not bad at all,, now using it when your in a classroom then thats were i agree to have the cell phones taken away and then punish the student ... but not on campus.. really..

7. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Coming from someone in high school, I've never seen anyone their cellphones in their boots

6. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is this at all surprising? Coming from the institution that can make NO subjective analysis between 2 kids.. one carrying a Bowie knife, and another with a box cutter for a school project! Both get expelled! Schools in America aren't known for their rational and logically thought out policies. If the kids want their cell phones with them, they will find a way! As others have said, discipline the offenders.. that shouldn't be too hard to do.

3. handicrapguy

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Forgive my ignorance but what's the problem with kids having cell phones in school?

4. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

They dont pay attention at all they play games or txt all day believe me I know I watched it happen like crazy in high school to the point you got suspension if you were caught with it out in class

5. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Nothing. There's nothing wrong with simply posessing them during school hours, you can't expect students to teleport their phones to and from home right before and after school. They might need it to call parents/guardians before and after school for various reasons. What they should ban is the usage of the phones unless instructed by a teacher during class time. That is a very easily enforceable and pratical solution, teachers can easily spot the students doing anything under their desks, and subsequently call the student out and dish out due punishment. Banning boots to ban the possession of a cell phone altogether in an educational institute, this kind of silly things only happen in USA.

1. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Hmmm...first they banned these ugly UGG, next they'll probably ban student from wearing any clothing apparel with pockets as well. They should use some sort of mobile phone signal jammer, much more effective in my opinion.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I think some schools in New York have jammers. Shoot here in FL if i try using my cell in the library they have a system that detects it and they start yelling at people to get off the phone

8. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yes, Jammers... F*ck this Sh*t. Seriously. My kids are going to private schools when they are of age. I am so tired of the simple way out (or so they believe). BAN EVERYTHING! Ban Clothing, use jammers, ban backpacks, ban this ban that. What is so hard about enforcing a simple rule of no cellphone use while on campus? If someone is caught using a phone, confiscate it until the end of the day and assign detention. How hard is this? But no, lets just ban everything because a few piece of sh*t students breaking the rules. Why does everyone need to get punish because of a few people? Same applies to all the damn restrictive laws we endure as citizens. P.S.- Using jammers is NOT the answer. What if there is an emergency? Cell phones and communication would be rendered useless if there were school-wide jammers. Also, jammers could affect those off nearby, but off campus. There are similar debates with jamming prisons...

9. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Also " But no, lets just ban everything because a few piece of sh*t students breaking the rules " This is an unfair statement because Kids will be kids, and no matter how many rules you aply on them they will break them.. Before judging that remember when you were a kid, when your mom and dad said no and you still did it. We all do it, and what the school can do is use special signal jammer that can allow you to make 911 phone calls. so the signals will be jammed and at the same time you can still call for help if anything happens.

12. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

At my university, they have a jammer that automatically blocks cell phone signal within the classroom when a class is in session. Between class, the jammer deactivates until the next class. Should anyone need to make any kind of calls (irrelevant or emergency), they're free to step out to make those calls.

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