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03:27pm 23/03/2007
So the manling got the cellphone he uses taken from him at school yesterday. He shouldn't have had it out, of course. Thing is, they are refusing to give it back to him. I sent them a note, asking for it to be returned. They called me while I was at work, and told me that they would not return it to him; that they would only return it to me, if I came down. But by the time they called, (a few hours after the times I told them I would be available if there was a problem returning it to him) it would have been impossible for me to get there in time, even if I had left work immediately. She replied that it was their policy not to return items to the students until a parent appeared in person to claim the property. I told them that his phone was how I kept track of his whereabouts, and the lady I was talking to said she would transfer me to the principal. So she transfered me to the principal's secretary, who told me the principal would call me back as soon as she was free. That was half an hour ago. I don't think that I'm going to hear back from them, at this point. And so I wonder; does a school have the right to refuse to return my property, even after I have twice requested, both verbally and in writing, for it to be returned? Does/Can the policies of an institution override my right to have my property returned to me? I'll probably never know, but come Monday I'm damn sure going to give them a little hell about it.
location: land of caps
mood: rather irate
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07:37pm 23/03/2007 (UTC)
Miss Kat
If the policy is in writing, then yeah, I think they can refuse. Still, most schools will let you get your phone back at the end of the day. I mean, it's not like it's an inexpensive piece of equiptment.
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07:59pm 23/03/2007 (UTC)
They can't keep your phone, but they can demand that you meet their terms (coming down in person) if you want to get it back. They haven't actually refused yet, just been deliberately difficult about it -- and they may be trying to make it as hard as possible to discourage you from allowing him to have a phone in the first place.

Suggestion: a while back some jerk invented what he called "teenager repellant," a sound-generator that adults couldn't hear but children could. It was intended to be played over a loudspeaker outside convenience stores so teenagers wouldn't loiter there.

That much is fact. The following is rumor. Some enterprising kids are said to have made a cell phone ringtone out of it, so they have a ringer that adults (teachers) can't hear and thus their cell phones can't be confiscated.

Just a thought ... and one you may not want to mention unless you choose to implement it.
picword: Utena - Determined
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08:09pm 23/03/2007 (UTC)
Spring Dew
i'm surprised you're not homeschooling. I do believe you could do a better job of it.
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