So many students were violating the Hattiesburg Public School District's policy against carrying cellphones during school hours that the district has decided it's OK to bring cellphones to school--just not to use them during class.
Superintendent James Bacchus said he proposed the policy, and the school board approved the change, The Hattiesburg American (http://bit.ly/opqS8L ) reported Sunday.
"A lot of our suspension data was around cellphones," he said. "The possession of a cellphone was causing the problem, so it just didn't make sense to continue that practice."
Students cannot answer or talk on the phones during class, and the phones need to be set on silent or vibrate, District spokesman Jas N Smith said.