Cell Phones Banned In School After Threats Of Violence Airdropped

A school district in Michigan's Genesee County banned cell phones at its high school to try to end threats of school violence.
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At a glance

  • The Atherton Board of Education on Thursday approved the policy change, which bans the possession and use of cell phones, smartphones and other web-enabled devices at Atherton Junior Senior High School.
  •  The board established the policy based on the recommendations made by local police and the FBI after multiple airdrop messages threatened school violence, the school district said in a letter to parents.
  • “This new policy will hopefully bring an end to a student’s ability to use social media to send messages threatening school violence and improve our educational environment,” Superintendent John Ploof wrote in his letter to parents
  •  The new policy will go into effect Monday.

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