Hattiesburg Public Schools: kids can carry phones

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — So many students were violating the Hattiesburg Public School District’s policy against carrying cellphones during school hours that the district has decided it’s OK to bring cellphones to school — just not to talk on them in class.

Superintendent James Bacchus tells The Hattiesburg American (http://bit.ly/opqS8L ) that he proposed the policy, the the board approved the change.

District spokesman Jas N Smith says that students cannot answer or talk on the phones during class, and the phones need to be set on silent or vibrate.

Superintendent Ben Burnett says Lamar County School District changed its policy as of the 2010-11 school year.

Hattiesburg High School Principal Robert Sanders says fears of misuse are becoming a non-issue.