The phone woke me up. Pre-algebra? At that one middle school. I asked the question even though I knew the answer. "Who's the teacher?"
Yeah, I was afraid of that.
This is the third time I've covered this class this year. They are not good. I had a chance to meet the teacher (after knocking her projector to the ground--I apologized. Turned out it was none the worse for wear). She's been fighting the good fight all year. So, it's not just me.
So, I was wary about letting them get away with anything. Which is why when I saw the cell phone held up amongst the group of girls, I went in for the confiscate rather than giving them a warning.
(The word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was on the screen. I'm not sure why. She was showing it to her two friends. I missed most of the context of this.)
I got the usual protests, but the girl gave it up (after using way too many gestures to "turn it off"). I had it when she asked me if I would give it back to her at the end of the period. Or at lunch. Or after school.
When I told her that I would be turning it in to the office, she got worried. I told her that the extent of her punishment was that her parent would have to pick the thing up after school. That was the problem. Her parents would be mad.
One of her friends told her to tell her parents that she hadn't been using it. As the discussion was now over, I went on to other things.
All in all, the confiscation went smoothly. I turned the phone in to the office right after that class (I had a prep), and I thought no more of it.
Three periods later, I got a call from the office. Why had I confiscated the girl's phone? I explained what I saw, going into a bit of detail when the office secretary cut me off.
"So, she was using it in class?"
When I replied in the affirmative, the secretary explained. The girl's mother was on the phone. The girl had told her father that she hadn't been using the phone, so the mother was calling the office to complain. Or something. Well, it was easy enough to get my side of the story...
I guess the girl took her friend's advice. To her detriment, I imagine.