Outrage as school bans mobile phones – but some parents are ‘100 percent for it’

Parents are furious after a school banned pupils from bringing their mobile phones onto the grounds.

Some families have already threatened to flout the proposed rules, claiming that teachers are often on their own devices by the school gates.

Text messages were sent out to all parents of children at the George Spencer Academy in Stapleford stating they will "not be allowed their phones on site from September", according to the Nottingham Post .

Deputy mayor and councillor for Stapleford North, Richard MacRae, said he expects teachers to "lead by example".

"One of the biggest things I've heard is that teachers will need to lead by example," he said.

"You cannot have the teachers at the gates using their phones. But some people are so against it and say they're going to send their kids in with their phones anyway."

But some parents are welcoming the new rule, believing that the ban will take the pressure of pupils and their parents to make sure they have the latest handset.

Kerry Cohen, whose 12-year-old daughter Skye goes to the school in Arthur Mee Road, said she is "100% for it".

The 44-year-old domestic cleaner said: "Skye phoned me up moaning about it. She is devastated but she's getting no sympathy from me.

"I'm 100% for it because the second week she was at George Spencer she had her phone stolen.

"I think it will take pressure off parents as well. The kids are wanting all the latest technology and flashing their iPhones, but when parents can't afford the latest tech it will take the pressure off.

"My only concern is that Skye texts me when she is staying to do her home work after school, so it acts as communication between the parents and children.

"So I do not know how the school is going to manage that but I think it is what the school needs.

"The kids are there to learn, not mess around. Hopefully it will discipline them so later in life there will be much less crime on the streets."

The deputy mayor, Mr McRae added: "You go to school to learn and learn the rules. If you're letting your kid go in with their phone that's not teaching them how it works in the real world.

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