There seems to be a whole bunch of chatter in recent days over some rules being enforced at Warren County High School.
Best I can tell, the anger surrounds students being told to report to class and not linger in the parking lot in the mornings, and students having their cellphone access restricted at school.
I feel as qualified as any parent to talk about this subject since my oldest son started at the high school in 2015 and graduated in 2019. My youngest son has just started his senior year, giving me eight straight years as a high school parent.
I think keeping kids from gathering in parking lots and keeping kids off their cellphones as much as possible are both wonderful ideas.
Generally speaking, good things don't normally happen in parking lots. If a parking lot is used for its intended purpose, you park and leave without crashing into any other vehicles or any pedestrians.
Some students begin arriving a WCHS around 7 a.m. To have them sitting out in their vehicles for 30 to 40 minutes with nothing really to do is not going to produce positive results. Outside of the argument that students are meeting in the parking lot to study algebra, I'm not sure what good can come from this.
Sitting out there with a half hour to kill is going to lead to fights, or damage to other vehicles, or bullying other students as they arrive. Who knows what else teens will dream up to do with a block of free time before school?
I view getting students out of the parking lot and into the school building as a smart move.
Likewise, it's fairly easy to understand the problems that can arise from excessive cellphone use in class and in the halls. To use one example, I know there have been pictures taken in the halls of the butts of students, often female, and those pics posted online with either favorable or disparaging comments.
This certainly doesn't fall under the umbrella of teaching kids to read and write.
Ever try to talk to someone who is paying attention to their cellphone? Sure, we all have. They tend to ask you to repeat things or don't even respond at all because they aren't paying attention to you. They are focused on their cellphone.
Students don't need to have their attention divided when they are in class or are walking the halls. It seems like simple logic to say students should be paying attention to their teachers so they can be learning. There is plenty of time for cellphone use in the afternoon when school is over.
There are enough distractions at a 1,900-student high school without students glued to their cellphones. And there are enough problems without allowing more to manifest in the parking lot before school even starts.
Park your car and walk into school and keep your cellphone in your pocket when you're in there. I may be the only one, but this makes sense to me.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.