Irmo High cell phone ban back after loosened policy fails

IRMO, SC (WIS) - A ban on cell phones inside Irmo High School is back after an attempt by faculty to loosen the rules did not go so well.

In October, first-year Principal Rob Weinkle asked for a policy change after noticing that many of the disciplinary write-ups in the school involved students having cell phones in class. The school had a policy not allowing cell phones in the building.

Weinkle put a temporary policy change into place that allowed students to have cell phones, but only use them at certain times during the school day. Students were permitted to use their phones during the 6 minutes of class change and during lunch only.

According to Weinkle, 117 cell phones were confiscated during the first 9 weeks of the school year and 100 phones were confiscated during the second 9 weeks. That number wasn't enough for Weinkle to keep the new policy in place.

Weinkle says starting Monday, the policy will revert back to the strict policy of not allowing cell phones inside the school.

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