Proposed bill could ban cell phones in school

Proposed bill could ban cell phones in school
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A proposed bill could ban cell phones in Arkansas's public schools.

Rep. Kim Hendren, R-Gravette, filed the bill last week and it would prohibit students from using portable electronic devices during school hours.

Among the devices included are cell phones, digital media players, portable game consoles, and cameras.

If the bill passes, students would be allowed to bring phones on campus but they would be collected at the beginning of each day.

From there, student phones would be collected by administrators and stored until the end of the day.

Some residents in Region 8 say they think the bill should pass.

"I think having it where they can have it in school, but where there's a control point, I think it's excellent," said Levi Jackson.

Several parents including Jackson said they feel phones prevent focusing on school work during they day.

"I've never really liked the idea of kids relying on their phones as much as they do."  "There's a lot of distractions and ways that they could misuse it during school hours," he added.

While the bill proposes that students turn in their phones, it also states that administrators could confiscate phones that were not turned in.

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