A Cochrane dad of a Grade 11 student supports the provincial ban on cell phone use in the classroom, except for educational purposes.

All that Richard Montgomery wants from it is strict, uniform enforcement.

“It’s fine and dandy to put a ban on cell phone use that’s not educational related, but if they don’t enforce it… Now, how can they enforce it?  I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure what they can and cannot do.”

Montgomery notes that a cell phone is personal property, so the school can’t confiscate one permanently. Still, he doesn’t envy school administrators who have to enforce the ban.

“(A phone) is a distraction when it comes to non-educational use.  I’m for it because of that distraction.  I don’t think the kids need more distraction than they already have.”