LaRue County schools to stop confiscating cell phones

LaRue County schools to stop confiscating cell phones
Published: Oct. 28, 2016 at 9:08 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2016 at 10:53 PM EDT
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LaRue High School Interim Principal Denise Skaggs. (Source: LaRue County Herald News)
LaRue High School Interim Principal Denise Skaggs. (Source: LaRue County Herald News)

LARUE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - The cell phone policy has changed in LaRue County Public Schools after the principal of LaRue High School was charged with 60 counts of child pornography.

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The Kentucky State Police asked students to come forward, if their cell phones had been confiscated at anytime by Elizabethtown High School from 2010 to 2012 or anyone who attended LaRue County High School from 2012 to 2016.

Now, the school system has decided to change its cell phone policy, according to LaRue County Superintendent Sam Sanders.

"What I've asked the SBDM councils to do is look at their cell phone policies and come up with other alternatives to confiscating phones," Sanders said.

So far this year, Sanders said there have been 40 incidents of cell phone violation and confiscations, although some of those include repeat offenders.

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LaRue High School Interim Principal Denise Skaggs said the updated policy was adjusted so that students feel safe.

"We thought this was a good policy. I mean even when we look at other districts out there and their policy, many of them have something very similar to that," Skaggs said, "We're more than willing to do that because we want to ensure that the kids feel safe (and) their parents to know that they're safe. And we just have to make adjustments at times."

Skaggs said the incident involving former principal Kyle Goodlett won't define LaRue County Public Schools, and the high school will stay on course.

School officials in Hardin County and Bullitt County said they are also re-visiting their cell phone confiscation policies. Here are several policies from across the area:

Jefferson County Public Schools

  • Prohibits student cell phone use on school property during the school day
  • Phones confiscated can’t be held for more than 30 days
  • Site Based Decision Making Councils decide specifics of policy

Hardin County Public Schools

  • Students can possess phones, must be turned off during the day unless there is an emergency
  • First offense; student is warned, phone confiscated until the end of the day
  • SBDM Councils approve use of cell phones into the curriculum

Bullitt County Public Schools

  • Students can possess phones, must be turned off during the day unless of an emergency
  • An administrator may confiscate the device, which shall only be returned to the student’s parent/guardian.
  • Each school handles cell phones differently with more or fewer restrictions

While LaRue County Public Schools' new policy is in practice, it still must be voted on by the councils at each individual school.

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