Governor Cox is trying to ban cell phones for students in schools again.
Is the establishment pushing back against viral videos of teachers saying creepy things to our kids?
Does Cox care about our kids? Is he just our benevolent governor trying to protect them from social media or is there a chance he’s lying about his motives? Well, we can observe a pattern of behavior, such as when he lied about knowing what Smart Cities are to avoid accountability and honest discussion. If truth and accountability is not found in his pattern of behavior, then we ought to ask what could possibly be the motivation for Cox to want to ban all cell phones for students?
I interviewed parents and administrators who privately shared some thoughts with me.
One source said,
It sounds good on its face to limit social media, but do we really want more government intervention and to lose more freedoms? Are there other issues here? Why is this really being pushed?
Banning cell phones puts the state between the parent and child. Many parents intentionally buy these devices because they want to know if their children are safe at school, connect with anxious children or help children with medical needs. Additionally, children would no longer be able to film their teachers or film what is being taught in schools. Is this the real reason? We had a window into the classroom with online school during Covid. Is this an attempt to close the window again and keep parents out?
The general consensus was the idea that it is government overreach to further separate parents from the children.
The following letter provided to Defending Utah, allegedly sent out by governor Cox to all school principals in Utah on January 5th, 2024.
Students: You have the right to stay in contact with your parents at any time. And you always have the right to record government workers and that includes teachers doing questionable things that your parents might not like. It’s a fundamental first amendment protection. So nullify this if it starts to happen, and claim your 1st amendment right to film. Even though you’re not an official journalist, that protection is there for you. As long as you’re not directly interfering with the business of the school, anything in public (and these are “public” schools) is your constitutional right to record and the phone is your property that cannot be arbitrarily confiscated.
Parents: Make your voice known to your school principal and community council and whomever this applies to, and teach your children their rights.
The following tips came from one of our interviews:
1. Understand the issue properly
2. Attend SCC meetings, or reach out to SCC members, to see if the phone policy is being discussed. Some are discussing it and others are now. Make comments at your meetings.
3. Run for your appropriate SCC yourself