Stephen: Parents angry after teacher confiscates student’s phone and uses it as their own

Published on April 28th, 2022 @ 5:34 PM


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Teachers are known to confiscate items that cause distraction in the classroom, but it seems this teacher overstepped. A parent posted to Reddit claiming one of her 15-year-old daughter’s teachers had confiscated the child’s phone during class, and had held onto it for a whole week. The mom writes that she then went into the school to confront the teacher, and after a brief, uncomfortable confrontation, the teacher obliged and returned the phone to the parent.

She wrote, “I didn’t give Hannah back her phone from my purse until she was done with her assignments for today and a couple minutes after she comes back to me in a panic. Two things were wrong. One, the screen was cracked and it wasn’t before. Two, she had to re-log into her Apple ID which we thought was odd. She then looked at her account settings and saw a second apple ID, with Ms. K’s full name and avatar. We think she may have merged the data or something too because there are contacts we don’t recognize on the phone. I lost it, told Hannah she can’t use the phone for now because I’m worried if Ms. K has access to anything on her end, and sent an email to her demanding an explanation. There has not been a reply.” She also added she’s considering reporting the teacher to a school administrator. Many commented that it seems the teacher was definitely holding onto the phone on purpose, likely charged it, and was likely not following school/ district rules by holding onto it.

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