School bans fuzzy boots used to hide cell phones

PHILADELPHIA Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:35pm EST

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Singer Nancy Sinatra may have had boots made for walking, but she never attended Pottstown Middle School.

Starting Monday the Philadelphia suburban district is banning the wearing of fuzzy open-top boots, including the popular Ugg brand, to middle school classes because students have been stashing cell phones in the loose footwear, according to district director of community relations John Armato.

"Cell phones are a problem for obvious reasons," Armato said.

Superintendent Reed Lindley said the school principal asked for the boot ban "because of the classroom disruptions that are resulting from ringing cell phones."

Students at the school can avoid going toe-to-toe with school officials by wearing boots that lace up and usually have a snugger fit.

First time offenders will get detention, and subsequent violations include two detentions, followed by confiscation of the phone, Armato said.

Middle school parent Adrienne Beyer said she thinks the ban is extreme.

"I understand there may be a handful of kids that shove cell phones down their boots, but why does the handful have to ruin it for the other 600 students? But, I said to my daughter, 'It's a rule and we're going to follow it,'" Beyer said.

Ugg sheepskin boots originated in Australia and New Zealand and have become popular with pre-teens and teenagers in the United States in recent years.

(Editing By Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

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Comments (10)
RikkiDoxx wrote:
Next they’ll ban socks because you could possibly put a cell phone down them. Next it will be no clothing with pockets.

Jan 29, 2012 2:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pyronius wrote:
I’m guessing they’ve also banned phones as well otherwise this wouldn’t be a problem. seems to me they need to get with the times. in my school everyone had a phone and it wasnt an issue. if it was then the teacher would find a way of dealing with it that didnt involve trying to halt the flow of technology. for instance, its a lot easier to just have the kids store their phones during class than to try and keep them from bringing it in the first place.

Jan 29, 2012 3:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mrisinger wrote:
Lol, you can’t ban every possible place a student can store a cell phone in. Until you require them to walk around naked and carry their books in their hands, they can conceal a cellphone.

Jan 29, 2012 3:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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