"I don't like cellphones. I think they're a distraction," she said. "We don't have cellphone service here. People shouldn't have them out."
Lambert disagrees. He said that, despite the policy, he believes technology is an asset to education. For example, the West Virginia Department of Education uses Twitter to distribute information about education.
Lambert said a Twitter account for Pocahontas County High School would be beneficial. The school could tweet about events and academics.
Though he will enforce the policy as it stands, he would like to see it alleviated so that students could access the Internet and Twitter from their cell phones while at school. This way, the school could take advantage of students' interest in technology and use social networking sites to motive them to become more invested in their education.
Martin agrees with the concept of the policy. However, he said if a student is using his or her phone for school purposes, there should be no punishment.
Gary Beverage, the school's technology specialist, explained that when a device is brought into the school, it immediately tries to connect to the Internet. If it connects to the Internet, it acquires an IP address, and the school offers limited IP addresses.
He compared the school's Internet to a highway. He said that the highway could be moving fine until you put a tractor-trailer on the road. Cellphones and iPods are the tractor-trailers of the Internet.
Beverage said the school is currently trying to increase the size of its Internet pipeline so devices that connect to the Internet will not pose so much of a problem. This process will take time and cooperation, though.