Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Is That a Cell Phone in Your Pocket?

He wasn't being very subtle about it.

All I did was to meander over to where Antoine and his two friends were giggling when Antoine exclaimed a few expletives when he saw that I was paying attention to him.

But I hadn't seen the cell phone yet.

It wasn't that long after that I took another stroll and spied Antoine watching some video on his phone. I immediately went in for the confiscate.

He refused to give me the phone. He said he'd go to the office. I had no problem with that and let him go.

He returned about fifteen minutes later with a pass back to class. And I thought nothing more of it. Until I meandered his way again and noticed a cell-phone-shaped bulge in his pocket.

So, when I had a moment I asked the office staff about it.

The secretary remembered the boy. She said he'd gone "behind closed doors" with the principal. But she was the one who was supposed to confiscate cell phones, so something was off. She went to the principal, and the principal said that Antoine had asked to talk to him about his credits.

Clever. And he would have gotten away with it too if I hadn't followed up.

But now administration knows why Antoine was really sent up to the office. (And I know in future to call the office and let them know a "cell phone violation" is on his/her way up.)

And Antoine? He gets the next punishment on the matrix, which is decidedly worse than having his cell phone confiscated until his parent can come and pick it up.


  1. And I see the storm clouds descending. Yikes! Don't get on that teacher's bad side. ;)

  2. Ouch! I guess he was hoping for a less attentive sub. I guess he learned a lesson.

  3. I concur with JE and don't feel the least bit bad for Antoine. Being a teacher is hard enough but now with cell phones...I'm not sure I'd have the patience.

  4. Hopefully he learned his lesson and won't take the cell phone out again in another class or lie to the principal! Really, you could write a book with all these stories from the classroom.


  5. What's the next punishment on the matrix? I can't help but think of the movie!!! Did he have to start running like Keanu Reeves?

    My stepdaughter is allowed to take her cell phone to class. They're ALWAYS sneaking it out and texting, she said. Amazing. I said, "They should prohibit it" and she said parents want the kids to have phones in school in case they need to reach them. Um...when I was a kid my mom couldn't reach me unless she called the office and we all survived.

    1. Something about losing a morning schedule.

      They used to ban all cell phones from school, but nowadays they're allowed to have them just so long as they remain put away during the day. Yeah, because having one in your pocket is no temptation for a teen.

  6. Using cell phones in class seems to be a problem everywhere.

  7. My son had to pay the $15 fine to get his back ONCE...only once. His phone. His money. His responsibility. Lesson learned. Not sure about all kids (especially those who have parents who will pay the fine for them) but that hit him right where he lived - his pocket!!! I hope the next punishment on the matrix makes Mr. Antoine learn a lesson. Good for you!

    1. Ah, if only they instituted fines! They just insist that a parent come pick it up (for the first offense).

  8. I Love it!!! Why should they have cell phones in a classroom anyway!!! They should be paying attention or at least staring out the window like I used to:) I am sick of cell phones. people walk across the street...or shall I say meander across and I have to stop my car. This is why so many people are getting hit by cars! People text, no one pays attention any more and these cell phone etc... actually lead to a shorter attention span


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