Some area districts ban cell phones

Cell phones have become as much a part of contemporary American life as television and automobiles, but increasing numbers of school districts in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys have some type of rules regulating their use.

At least two school boards have even banned cell phones.

The Warren City school board instituted the ban Dec. 12 on the advice of the school resource officers, who said cell phones could jeopardize the safety of pupils and staff in an emergency situation.

Parents, called by their children on cell phones, could clog the roads in and around the schools making it impossible for safety personnel to gain access to the buildings, resource Officer Timothy Brown said.

The cell phone ban has been going well so far, Brown said.

“At first, there were some disgruntled students, but when I explained to them that it’s for their safety, they understand and respond,” he said.

Sharon, Pa., schools have banned cell phones since 1997, acting Superintendent Michael Calla said.

“They can be a distraction to learning, and there’s also the problem of students using them to text message answers for exams, or take pictures of exams,” he said.

The Union Area School District in New Castle, Pa., bans all cell phones that take photographs or record video or audio, Superintendent Dean Casello said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and

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