Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Teen Says Smartphone Rules Are Too Tough in Letter to School Board

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Quebec Teen Says Smartphone Rules Are Too Tough in Letter to School Board

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Quebec teen challenges school cellphone rules

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SAGUENAY, Que. - A Quebec teen thinks his school's policy of seizing smartphones belonging to students caught using them in class goes too far.

Vincent Duguay, 15, challenged his school's cellphone policy with a cease-and-desist letter sent to the local school board this week.

His legal letter says it's unconstitutional for a school to create a policy that allows a student's phone to be seized for 24 hours.

The board in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region confirmed Friday the letter was hand-delivered by the teen Wednesday.

Duguay has never had his own phone confiscated and his father, Benoit, told Radio-Canada's Saguenay station he doesn't have an issue with them being forbidden in the classroom.

Rather, Benoit Duguay said the punishment of taking smartphones away for an extended period isn't reasonable.

"There shouldn't be a prejudice against the kids if they're caught," he said.

In one case, Benoit Duguay said one of his son's friends was fired from his job because he was unreachable after he had his phone taken away by the school. …

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