Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
If they were passing notes in class, the teacher would have taken it and read it.
That's what I was thinking. I had many notes that were read out loud in class that totally embarrassed me of my crushes, who I was talking with, etc. However, the only reason why the note(s) were read out loud is because I was disrupting class and not paying attention.
Additionally when I was in school anything that was brought into the classroom that *could be* a class disruption or used during class (walkmans, CD players, etc) were confiscated for the entire day. If you didn't give them up, you were sent to the principles office.
The article does not indicate that the student was receiving calls during the time in the principles office. IMO if students are bringing personal items into the school, then turn them on ONLY before school, during lunch and after school. Otherwise if you're 16 and taking phone calls or texting during class or while in the principles office that is not demonstrating respect to your educators and you could lose your privacy over this.
One thing I will add though - I think it was wrong that the principle kept the phone over the Memorial weekend. Glancing through is one thing, but keeping the phone longer than the school day is silly.