To the editor:
My two children, who are 8 and 9 years old, attend the Nathaniel Bowditch School in Salem. In my opinion, when children are in school they are to focus their complete attention on what's going on in the classroom and not worry what's going on in the outside world.
For what purpose would elementary schoolchildren need to have a phone during school hours? Who would they need to contact?
When I went to school if I had to contact my parent or guardian I would be sent to the office to make a phone call and the school would know exactly who I was talking to.
Last week my 9-year-old son was waiting for the bus to go to his after-school program and another student had a phone with Internet service and was showing inappropriate pictures to the other children. This student was suspended and other actions were taken to reprimand the child.
If no cell phones were allowed on campus this would never have happened. Not only was my child affected by this, but the child with the phone was also. This has to stop!
There is a simple solution: no cell phones allowed on school property! Not in backpacks, not in lockers, none on campus.
We need to protect our children. This problem can be solved with one simple rule. Let's make it happen.