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The cellphone debate rages on in Connecticut classrooms

If someone asked you, “Should cell phones be allowed or banned in Connecticut classrooms,” how would you answer? I asked this question on my Facebook page and got the following answers.

** Jay C. (New Fairfield) – “Well, on one hand, they’re a distraction. On the other hand, they can help with cheating. No good hands. So no.”

** Brenda M. – If they are, they should be put out of sight…how can anyone focus on a class when their phone is in front of their face?!

** Joe N. – There’s no good reason to need a phone in the classroom. Children should pay attention; They might learn something that will help them become functional adults.

** Teresa K. – You must be locked up during class. Not at the students’ desks. Handy for emergencies.

** Lisa K. – No! It shouldn’t even be in the school building! Children need to learn to socialize – face to face, in advance and in person!!!

** Lisa W. – No

** Margaret F. – No, not at all.

** Rick G. – Of course not!

**Ron S.- RonseeCell phones are the number one distraction worldwide. People walk the streets on sidewalks, whether they’re looking at their phones or not at their surroundings. Cell phones should not be allowed in schools during daytime school hours

There is no blanket cell phone policy that covers all Connecticut schools. Instead, each school district is allowed to make its own policy.

According to ctpublic.org, in April 2022, Torrington Public Schools became the first public school district in the state to require students to lock away their phones during class. Students must lock their cell phones in a bag until the end of the day. The verdict caused an uproar.

Branford High School also began cracking down on cell phone use in May 2022, according to fox61.com, as it became the youngest school district to take a stance on electronic devices during the school day. Unfortunately, the new policy is quite unpopular with Branford students.

Every teacher I’ve spoken to finds that cell phones are a significant distraction during class time, but not all think so. Visit the student-tutor.com website for 11 reasons why they should be allowed.

According to an article on the website publicschoolreview.com, the entire city of New York has enacted a blanket ban on cell phones in its city’s public schools. Additionally, a lawsuit has been filed by parents who believe phones provide important communication tools for their children, especially when an emergency arises.

Danbury Man shares his UFO eyewitness story and photos

Everyone has a story to tell and some are more interesting than others. I was recently contacted by a Danbury man who had read an article I had written about UFOs and he wanted to tell me his story and share his photos.

From the opening sentence I knew it was a story I wanted to hear, and the imagery was even more intriguing. This is a UFO story by a Danbury man named Bill Salvador, in his own words.

Horror film in Hopeful Future, Brookfield Property Now and Then

An abandoned place in Brookfield, CT is making a comeback, and the dramatic makeover saved it from being the centerpiece of a really shitty horror movie I directed.

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