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Teachers destroying students’ phones for using them in class [6 short videos]

Aug 31, 2012 By Abraham

Sometimes teachers just get fed up and must go to extreme lengths to get their seemingly simple points across. In this case, the point is Don’t use your phone in class. Simple enough, right?

Apparently not.

Here’s a collection of videos showing kids who just won’t comply with that straightforward instruction and who have to be reminded the hard way. (The clips are ordered by awesomeness with the last being most epic. And they’ve been set to only play the relevant moments, so that they’re all less than 25 seconds long.)…

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(NSFW language)

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  1. Jesse G says:

    most of these seem faked. why would a student right behind the other student go to the difficult effort of setting up and filming secretly if he or she didn’t know what was about to happen? do they do that all the time?

    1. Anon says:

      People record classes all the time to see if there’s anything they missed from outside of the notes the teachers post. Very helpful generally

  2. Jane says:

    These are students. They record their college classes so that they can go back over the footage when they are studying.

    1. J says:

      If you have no sense, then it should be your lesson to get a JOB to pay for a new one and to be aware of the consequences.

      1. Justin says:

        Maybe they paid for those devices with their own money in the first place? It’s interesting that so many seem to assume kids with phones/tablets must be spoiled little brats because these devices are so much fancier than what the old farts commenting in the first place had as kids. Do you know any of these people personally? How would you know either way if they bought their devices themselves or just had “mommy/daddy” pay for it?

        You don’t.

        1. Kristi says:

          I’m not a fan of taking away phones anywhere, but whether you paid for it or not if a teacher tells you to put it away or give it up, then you put it away or give it up. It’s a respect thing. If you’re calling the people here names then I get the feeling your respect level is a little low in the first place. Talking on the phone in class? Come on…

          1. Justin says:

            To be fair, the “old farts” comment was a generalization, not leveled at anyone in particular, though in hindsight I should’ve chosen my words better. My apologies.

        2. janpwhite says:

          Right. I agree with you Justin. Most of us old farts have “Dumb Phones” not “Smart Phones”. But we old farts are SMART ENOUGH and respectful enough to know when and where to use a phone, you snot-nosed little jackass.
          Who cares who bought your damned phone. It has NO PLACE in a classroom. No wonder our schools are turning out illiterate idiots by the droves. ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. ALWAYS.

          1. Justin says:

            “Snot-nosed little jackass?” So you’re smart and respectful enough to know when not to use a phone, but apparently not mature enough to disagree with a simple comment on the internet without flinging insults around like a child? :)

            As I said already in my other comments on this page, I agree that students shouldn’t be talking, texting, playing games or otherwise horsing around on their phones, but I also pointed out the fact that there are other, legitimate uses for them(taking notes, calling up information on the subject at hand, etc.). If students are constantly disrupting class with the former, however, then action certainly needs to be taken. But the bottom line, which seems somehow too complex for you and some others on this page to grasp, is that while there should be consequences for one’s actions if they’ve been warned, no teacher has the right to take hold of someone else’s (often expensive) personal property and smash it to bits. Give then an F for the day and take the Phone away for the rest of the day. Take it away for the rest of the MONTH if you have to, but smashing it? Nobody has that right, unless you’re willing to hand them the cash to replace it, or don’t mind your car being vandalized later that day for the equivalent monetary value in damage.

            As Chelsi said in another comment, could you get away with doing something like this to an adult? Smashing their phone in a restaurant because they’re being too noisy, your spouse has a headache, and they refused to quiet down? How about during a public speech by some official or another? Of course not. That’s a good way to get your ass kicked in public. Yet somehow it’s “okay” to do it to kids? Sorry, I can’t agree with that.

          2. Justin says:

            And for the record, if the US Education System really is “turning out illiterate idiots by the droves,” it’s due to the policies enacted by elected officials(y’know, people in -your- age bracket ;) ), not what devices happen to be available at any given moment.

  3. Clareabell says:

    @Lauren, one should have the respect to turn ones f*%king phone off during class like I have to turn mine off when I’m teaching.

      1. E says:

        Phones do get SUPER annoying. If the teacher says NO PHONES, then that means NO PHONES. It’s the students own fault for not listening and respecting the teacher. One of my college professors told us if he caught anyone texting, he’d give them a warning. If he catches them again, he’s going to kick them out of the classroom. It isn’t hard turning off the phone.

        1. Marci says:

          Kicking them out of class is fine with me. Taking them from them and turning them into the office is also fine. I know phones are annoying but that STILL doesn’t give them the right to break the phone. Unless they want to pay to replace it, in that case… smash away.

        2. Hurf says:

          So are babies but you don’t see me punching those little s*%ts when they start crying next to me on the buss that says NO BABIES.

    1. T says:

      One should but if not you are saying that you have the right to break their/their parents property? That is very illogical.

  4. water28 says:

    I agree with the teachers on this. Those phones not only ring but in most cases, the students answer and start talking on them! That is HUGELY disrespectful to the teacher. I’m all for them breaking their phones. If the student doesnt have respect for the teacher, why should the teacher have to respect the student? I just love how they do it and then continue talking like nothing happened. :D love it

    1. Marci says:

      Take the phone away, send them to the office if they’re in middle or high school or kick them out of class if you’re in college. Breaking someones personal property isn’t going to earn respect from ANYONE.

  5. J says:

    Anyone getting butthurt at the phones being destroyed: Boohoo! It’s called consequences, and if that was your kid, it is your DAMN job as parent to discipline them and punish them. PLUS making them work to replace it, and be aware of the consequences of disrupting class. There’s clearly something wrong with a society that cradles, nurtures, and coos this type of attitude instead of correcting it.

    1. Chelsi says:

      Many of these are college kids– adults, by our society’s definition. You can’t do this to people in a restaurant, no matter how much you may want to. You can’t legally do it in a college classroom either, for better or for worse.

    2. Justin says:

      Consequences are one thing, destroying someone else’s (often very expensive) piece of personal property is another. Nothing gives a teacher that kind of right. Sorry.

      Devices like this didn’t exist when I was in High School, but I did have my own devices. I had a Gameboy, a Discman. I bought them with my own money, while you assume every kid shown here is some spoiled little ass who has never worked a day in their life, which is a fairly typical outlook held towards any generation younger than one’s own. The older you get, the stronger the feeling is.

      What if someone broke your computer/other device because you wouldn’t stop being a crotchety old douche on this page? I bet you’d scream foul.

  6. T says:

    J you are very one-sided. I agree students shouldn’t use their phones in class, however it is not your place to destroy their property or their parents whatever the case may be. It shows a lack of control and self-discipline. If teachers cannot deal with students then get a new f*cking job. It is very childish to destroy anything when you are upset especially when that object is not even yours.

    1. T says:

      In short don’t be a hot-headed p*ssy because you are a teacher. If you were giving a lecture to the public or someone closer to your own age and size you would never do that. Why? Because you cannot intimidate adults like you do children a.k.a pu*sy.

  7. T says:

    I will tell you this…Im a college grad student and I text in class all the time…I have a real job and a life…The way I see it is im paying good money to get my eduaction and since im paying I have the say. Even when I was younger I wouldn’t hand my cellphone over to a teacher. If they were to break something of mine I wouldn’t mind returning the favor to their cars. Teachers need to grow up, your the adult and when you gotta do something like this you become the bully. I hated teachers when I was younger and that was because they think they are just so superior to the students. Shit way to take the easy way out of college. Moral of the story its illegal to destroy someone elses property no matter where your at. Id sue for the phones and more, teach those teachers some respect. I would hold the school and school district liable as well for hiring individuals that couldn’t control their emotions…..Man could be a good money making adventure for the student and their family with dumb teachers making these kinds of mistakes.

    1. Jenn says:

      T, maybe you should have paid more attention in class so your grad student self could have learned to use your “you’re”s correctly. You must really enjoy being in school with all those superior and dumb teachers you have to deal with.

      1. Justin says:

        If all you can give in response to someone’s post is a complaint about their grammar, then you have nothing to say at all.

  8. Commenter says:

    @ T: “I’d sue for the phones and more, teach those teachers some respect.”

    Whether or not you’re paying for it, it is rude to use your phone in class. Just turn it off. It’s not only a distraction to you and the professor, but also to the students around you. You are not the only one in the classroom so just turn it off.

    Now, if you are expecting an important call for maybe a family emergency or something life changing then let the professor know you will have your phone on VIBRATE and may need to step out of the room.

    You need to show respect to earn it.

    Also, I do not think the professors should break the phones, but how else should they punish them for not paying attention? Kick them out of class? Most of the kids that are using their phones in class don’t want to be there anyway.

  9. lbj says:

    If it was my kid, I would ground them for having the phone out in class, but you’d bet your ass the teacher or the school would be paying for the phone, because technically, it belongs to me, the parent. Destruction of property is not the best example to teach in the classroom. Taking it away and putting in a drawer until the end of the period would have been sufficient.

    1. Kristi says:

      If it was your kid and the phone belongs to you, then you are responsible for it. If your kid takes it out and uses it you are responsible. Just put it on vibrate, go to the bathroom if you absolutely have to text. I would imagine these teachers do not respond this way the first time a phone rings or they see someone texting. I get the feeling they are way past that road. My kids had theirs taken away, it was completely annoying, I wanted them to have their phone in school, but common sense goes a long way. If you take a call in class (really??) or text in front of the teacher, then man up and take your consequences. Rules are rules, folks. Without them we would have chaos.

  10. Dennis says:

    I call fake on the last one.
    As a teacher and teaching technology I would never destroy another student’s phone. That’s just poor etiquette and dealing with the situation improperly. I may take the phone or device and drop it in the trashcan. Let them fish it out.
    If a student answers a call I’d take the phone and tell the other party So-and-so is in class. Call back later. Also say something to embarrass them. The tried and true “keep it in my desk and have mom or dad pick it up at the end of the day”
    Breaking a phone only shows poorly upon the teacher.

  11. Justin says:

    What we’re actually seeing her is not the “victory” in school discipline that some of the old-timers commenting on this page think it is. Rather, we’re seeing a clash between generations. The question I would ask each teacher is what, exactly, the students were doing on their phones during class. Were they playing Angry Birds? Making calls? Texting? In each of these cases, getting angry is entirely justified, even if going so far as to destroy the phones is not.

    What if, though, they were instead using their phones to look up information on the subject at hand? Or to take notes? Record the teacher’s lesson for later study? You can do all of these things with phones now, but to a lot of the aforementioned old-timers, phones are just toys. Confusing devices young people use, not something of value or substance. The feeling is that nobody “needs” these things, because they themselves didn’t have them growing up. Goodness, why can’t everything just be done with paper and pencil forever? By walking over to the library and taking the time to look up, find and crack open a book? Who would ever need a device that lets you record data and call up information without even leaving one’s seat? Insanity, I say.

    The point is that every generation looks down on the habits and pastimes of generations to follow. Nobody realizes they’re doing it at the time, but it still happens, and it’s only by taking a step back and looking at things objectively that one can realize that they’ve become the very same Stuffy Adults who used to yell at them for playing their “hippie bongo music” too loud when they were young adults.

    1. Kristi says:

      Oh good grief get over the age thing. I’m 48 and my phone is NEVER more than a couple feet away from me. I use it the same way you do, its not an age thing, its a respect thing. If someone tells me I cant have my phone on, then I cant. Hate it, but if I want my job then I shut it off or turn off the noise, and as soon as I can I turn it back on again. Do you suppose no one over 25 owns a phone? Again, its a respect thing. Follow the rules. That’s what you learn as you become a stuffy adult.

      1. Justin says:

        And as I’ve said countless times already, consequences are one thing; destroying someone else’s personal property is something else entirely.

        As for the age thing, it’s not so much about the teacher’s actions, but rather some of the comments approving of the teachers’ actions, dripping with schadenfreude. They’re pleased because those “damned kids” and their “stupid phones” are getting taken down a notch. You see it anywhere; cranky older folks taking joy in kids getting smacked down in some way or another, even if the method used was completely illogical and only served to make the person doling out the punishment look like a childish asshat, throwing a tantrum. All I’m saying is that it gets tiresome.

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