A school’s new cellphone policy has gone viral after a mother spoke about it on Friday afternoon.
Dr Racheal French (@DrRachaelF) said in a now viral post Tweeter that her daughter’s school released a new policy stating that officials can read “any text message between students, even after school hours.”
“Nopity nope nope,” she added to the tweet.
TODAY has reached out to French for further comment. We’ll update this post if she comes back to us. French is a professor of biology at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.
In less than 24 hours, the tweet circulated on social media, garnering over 200,000 likes and over 17,000 retweets.
“Me to my daughter: ‘Your phone is my personal property. If anyone asks to read your texts, you tell them to call me and ask,'” French said in a reply tweet.
The post received a series of reactions, with some agreeing with the mother that the policy is an invasion of privacy. On the other hand, several Twitter users responded saying that the rule provides an extra level of safety for school-aged children.
Responding to those with the latter concern, French tweeted: “People, if a child is cyberbullied and someone tells them to kill themselves, the urgency is to make sure the child is safe , not to immediately determine who to punish.”
One person replied to their original tweet: “Why do kids need to have phones during the school day? They need to be handed over at the start of the day and picked up at home. It’s simple. They need to focus on their work, not texting or games. Get ready for the world of work!”
Another added, “Have you heard of all the recent school shootings? But of course, let’s take out the one thing a child has to call 911 and their parents. The world of work now includes phones because it’s 2022. C ‘Is simple.”