The cell phones have been getting to me lately.
I don't know what it is about teens and cell phones. Add a sub to the mix... Anyway, I've had it, so on Monday I gave them fair warning. I reminded them that cell phones out in class were subject to confiscation.
It was 4th period yesterday when I saw a student pull out his cell phone. I went over to retrieve the device to confiscate.
He started in with the excuses. His mother had texted him ("See, right there,") asking him if he was at school. Then he wanted to know if I'd give it back to him at the end of the period. Turning it into the office was bad, because his mom couldn't pick it up until after she got off work at 7 PM.
He eventually gave up the cell phone. Then he left class. I figured he went to the office to complain or something.
The principal came by (during the bee incident) to retrieve the cell phone. As I was busy, I didn't ask any questions.
After 4th period I had lunch. I stopped by the office. The attendance clerk called me over.
She wanted my side of the story. The student's mother was there to pick up the cell phone. It was time to compare notes.
Did she text him? She thought she might have asked if he had a ride home. She didn't text to ask if he was at school. She knew he was. She dropped him off.
The student's mother was glad her son decided not to take the suspension. The reason the principal came to get the cell phone? He thought the student might take it back without permission, triggering the harsher consequence.
Why do these things become such high drama? And this was only my first cell phone incident of the day.