1) My co-worker, whose son’s phone was confiscated in yesterday’s scanning, spoke to another parent while they sat in the auditorium this morning awaiting return of their kids’ phones. That parent related how last year her daughter was almost abducted after school by a man in a car. She was able to get away and call for help on her cell phone. This parent said she was terrified at the prospect of her daughter traveling without a cell phone after this trauma, and doesn’t know what to do now. Perhaps the Mayor can send his limo to pick her up every day.
2) Here is what my colleague reports about the raid, for the benefit of those of us who have not yet had this unique DOE educational opportunity:
- Most kids were late for class because of the scanning.
- A number of kids did not go into school because of the scanning.
- At least three kids were arrested. –Details were unclear, but it seemed there was some sort of conflict or confrontation over the confiscations.
- A number of teachers had to waste their valuable time assisting in returning the phones to parents today, because there was not enough support staff to handle it.
- Though she came before 8 AM today, she still had to wait 40 minutes to get her son's phone back, as the school personnel attempted to accommodate hundreds of irate parents, most of them, like her, having to take hours off from work (good thing I'm her supervisor). Parents were still streaming in as she left, and they obviously were going to have to wait even longer than she did.
- One last piece of absurdity: Kids who had both an ipod and a cell phone were given a choice of which they wanted to have confiscated. I'd love to hear the logic behind that one!