Madison: The Milwaukee Public School District says they will begin strictly enforcing a total ban on cell phones at school.
Officials say multiple times this year school fights were escalated by adults who showed up after students used cell phones to call them. "I think we have to balance between freedom, flexibility, security and safety. We do that everyday," says Superintendent William Andrekopolous.
"Milwaukee is doing it for a very specific reason and it's reasons that are not prevalent right now in Madison," says Madison Assistent Superintendent Pam Nash. She says they won't be following Milwaukee with a total ban. "A child is allowed to have one, but they are to remain in the locker and they are not to be in a classroom for example where they might go off and disrupt the whole lesson plan."
"They are to keep them turned off out of sight until 3:15 when our last class ends," says Middleton High School Assistent Principal Ron Schwarz. He says if they catch a kid using a cell phone they confiscate it for the day and sent a warning letter home. "I estimate that we see maybe two letters a day that are sent home as warnings."
Repeated violations could result in suspension, but they hope it doesn't go that far. "We don't think that it's the most serious violation that we deal with from the standpoint of our code of conduct. But we're really concerned with how it distracts the educational process. That's our concern here."