A 17-year-old boy was suspended from his Georgia high school for 10 days because he refused to hang up on his mother, who’d called his cell phone from her post in Iraq. Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates is able to call about once a month, and managed to reach her son while he was eating lunch. From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
(Kevin) Francois said he told the teacher, “This is my mom in Iraq. I’m not about to hang up on my mom.”
Francois said the teacher tried to take the phone, causing it to hang up.
The student said he then went with the teacher to the school’s office where he surrendered his phone. His mother called again at 12:37 p.m. and left a message scolding her son about hanging up and telling him to answer the phone when she calls.
Students are allowed to carry cell phones but not to use them during school hours, including the lunch break.
Francois had raised a failing grade to a “low C” but fears that the suspension will cause him to flunk the class.
His father is dead. While his mother serves a one-year tour in Iraq, Francois lives with a guardian.
Update: Francois and his guardian will be back in school Monday for a meeting with the principal; it looks like he’ll be returning to class.