so the teacher took her cell phone

it was really her own fault, it was set to vibrate and she said someone was texting her.  she was in homeroom class and the teacher saw her open her phone, this is my 13 yr old, by the way, and she said she did it so she could let whomever it was know to stop texting her!!!  so I said WHY did you even open the stupid phone in class!!??  that was DUMB on your part!  she said that whomever would still keep texting her.  I said SO WHAT!!!  you IGNORE it, you asked for it since it was taken away, DUMB MOVE!!

here's my problem with it...she told me that she'll get it back in 2 weeks!!  WTF??!!  2 WEEKS, can the school really do this??  even if I decide to go down there and get it myself, what are they NOT gonna give it to me??  That's BULL CACA!!  and the teacher told her "don't go crying to your parents either and get them to come down here and get it back!"  Is she for real??  It's MY DAMN phone!!!

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before some of you ask WHY ...

before some of you ask WHY she has a phone, it's because I do NOT take her to school or pick her up, she gets a van service and I want to be able to keep in touch with her because I am NOT with her. the school is about 10-15 miles from home, so it's a peace of mind issue.

I would check the school ...

I would check the school code of conduct or whatever it's called there. I would find it difficult to justify keeping it for two weeks though. Our high school gives them back at the end of the day and the kid gets detention. Second offense they get detention AND a saturday school. Third offense, mom or dad has to come get the phone and this can only be done during the school day/.

i would talk to the school ...

i would talk to the school about it. i can understand them taking it during class but would think that you would get it back at the end of the day. i completely understand the safety issue. when my grand daughter lived with me she had one. that way she could never say she couldn't find a phone..... LOL

That's awful. On the ...

That's awful.

On the one hand, I very much understand what a terrible temptation cell phones are to the students and what a terrible distraction they are to teachers and so many others (employers vs. workers etc.) but that policy sounds more than a little over the top, especially considering the compelling need for the phone that you and your daughter have. I got one for my son for the same basic reason. These days it is important to be in contact. It would have been very useful when I was young and in school too. Sure we survived without them but properly used (key words there "Properly Used") cell phones are anywhere from Fantastic to an outright necessity. People need to be sensitive to that too, not just their perils. I would recommend that schools make a bigger issue of the right to have the phone so long as you have it OFF OFF OFF during instructional time just as movie theaters make a big issue of the need for them to be off during the show time. And then enforcement could be severe. One warning and it's bad, second and it's downright painful, third and it's severe. With constant warnings, loud and clear, combined with strict rule and real enforcement of them we could all still have the convenience and even safety that the phones provide while also not being so badly distracted by them. Sure it takes effort but I believe it'd be well worth it.

Here at my daughter's ...

Here at my daughter's school, if a student is caught using a cell phone, the phone is taken away and cannot (school policy) be given back to the student. The parent must come to the school and get the phone. Bummer...

well, I'm off Fri. and ...

well, I'm off Fri. and I'll go down there and see about it then.

I would go talk to the ...

I would go talk to the teacher, if she won't let you have it, talk to the principal. Then if he/she won't give it to you, school board it is. Help them to understand that in this day and age, you can not protect your children ENOUGH! School shootings, kidnapings, and the list can go on,for things that can happen. Yes give them back at the end of th eday is fine, but 2 weeks is a little excessive......dontcha think??

Go to the school and talk ...

Go to the school and talk to the teacher. Advise her that the phone is your phone, not your daughters and you want it back immediately so that it can be available to the family. You can assure her that you will deal with the situation and that you are willing to cooperate in the schools discipline of your daughter, but that the phone belongs to you.
Perhaps the deal can be that she carry it on the trip to school, give it to the teacher who returns it to her at the end of the day for the trip home. For your part you could agree that for the two week period, you will take possession of the cell phone while your daughter is at home and that her other phone privileges will be at your discretion. She broke the school rules and there should be consequences, but the school has no right to keep something in their possession that does not belong to the student.

In our area, the school ...

In our area, the school system has developed a policy where the students have to check their phones at the classroom door. In other words, there's a box sitting by the door when they walk into the classroom and they're required to put them in the box (with the ringers silenced) and pick them up on their way out of the classroom..NO EXCEPTIONS.

As parents, we had a chance to vote on this at a group meeting. Some parents had a real hissy fit about it, but in my opinion, my kids are there to learn..not there to worry who's calling them, texting them etc.

Is it possible that maybe ...

Is it possible that maybe this isn't the first time this has happened and the teacher was justified in taking the phone? I'll admit the length of time was a bit much....