Policy Dissuades Users from Using iPods in Class

Brandon Lane, Reporter

Imagine sitting in class and relieved that you’re done with all of your work. While waiting for the bell to ring, you instinctively take out your iPod. Within minutes, an adult’s hand appears in front of you demanding your electronic device.

One in six students claim to have their iPod confiscated on campus within the past year. One in seven students admit to having their iPod taken away, or had it confiscated a second time. According to the school policy, electronic devices that are confiscated a second time are not returned until the end of the school year.

“I don’t think it’s worth the trouble of getting your iPod taken away just to listen to a song and risk losing that song along with others for the rest of the year,” Christian Wells, sophomore, said.

Two in three students do not believe listening to iPods is worth the risk of getting it taken away. On the first offense, the school requires a parent or guardian to pick up the confiscated item.

Darryl Hicks, a junior, said that people definitely take a risk when listening to their iPod in class, and that it can be tempting when, in some classes, students don’t have anything to do.

Five out of five students said that they would love to listen to their iPod when they are done with their work in class. They each said that despite having the iPod in their possession, they resist the temptation.

Some worry that students would abuse the right to listen to their iPods. “I do agree that there would probably be people abusing the freedom of listening to their iPod in class,” Jayde Lamarca, a junior, said.

Surprisingly, one in three people admit that if there was a rule that allowed iPods, students would probably abuse it.