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Debate over cell phone bans in schools

Cell phones in the classroom are a hot topic that has some parents and school officials divided. Meanwhile, schools around the Charlotte area continue to ban or put strict restrictions on cell phones in school.

Some of the districts enacting no-phone policies this year are Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Rock Hill Schools, and Burke County Schools. All have varying degrees of how strict the policies’ consequences are, but all of them have the same goal: to reduce distractions in school.

In the first week of school at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, students were talking to each other, making friends, and sharing jokes—all without cell phones in use.

“What we want is when you’re here, you’re here to learn after school, you can do the social stuff — we want you to engage,” Tommy Schmolze, Rock Hill Schools Superintendent, said.