Student gets suspended because his mother called him from Iraq. She can only call once a month and this one fell during his lunch period. Unfortunately a teacher saw him and tried to take the phone. The upshot of it is, he was suspended for the rest of the year and will likely be failing because of it. That in and of itself is galling.
What really frosts me is this from an asistant principle, "They're not supposed to use them for conversating [emphasis mine] back and forth during school because if they were allowed to do that, they could be text messaging each other for test questions."
Conversating? I am surprised he didn't throw in "irregardless" while he was at it. We have people in responsible positions in schools who ues non-existant words while denying a kid contact with his military mother (and I would not be surprised if that was an unspoken issue) then wonder why people are down on public schools.
This is abominable on so many levels!
I cannot say I would not have gotten disorderly under the circumstances. I rather like John Bambenek's take on it. Joe Gandelman has some updates and follow up.