CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Technology is rapidly evolving. People today can plug dates into virtual calendars, listen to music and take photos all on the same device. People around the world use their BlackBerrys, iPhones and other smartphones constantly.
Pocahontas County High School students are no exception. Recently, though, the school has been more strictly enforcing its "no cellphone" policy. Students have been put under pressure to keep their technological devices out of the classroom and in their lockers.
Teachers have been asked to take a student's phone if they see it out during class. Vice Principal Derek Lambert said the big push is because the policy is not being enforced. He has not seen a policy like this at other schools, but said while it is in place, he will enforce it.
Another reason for the push is the consequences of cellphone use. If students acquire the school's Wi-Fi password, they could use it for cheating or other inappropriate Internet behavior.
Senior Patrick Martin said he understands why the school has the policy. However, he thinks the school overemphasizes the use of phones and feels that the policy is too far-reaching.
Some students are very protective of their phones and refuse to turn them in. Lambert said if there is reasonable suspicion that something inappropriate is on a student's phone, the phone is allowed not only to be taken, but also searched.
The same policy goes for teachers. Although it is not stated in the teacher's handbook, teachers are expected to abide by the same cellphone use policy as the students.
Junior Lorena Rose doesn't mind the policy.