The school publicly smashed students' mobile phones?!
A video showing students phones being smashed in public has gotten a lot of attention recently. Heres why
On October 14, students in school uniforms were standing outside in their campus while middle school staff were ordered to destroy their phones in front of everyone, some of which had been so badly smashed that smoke came out of them.
The Anhui middle schools principal, Mr. Zheng, told reporters that the school has a very strict policy against bringing phones inside their campus, which the parents and children are aware of due to the signed agreement between both parties when students first enroll.
It can be a bit drastic, but its not the end of the world, he said.
The backlash following the release of this video divided netizens into different groups of opinions.
On the one hand, some believe that smartphones greatly affect our ability to disconnect and focus, and can have even worse effects on students. Plus, the parents did sign an agreement with the school, so they shouldnt be surprised that something like this would happen.
On the other hand, other netizens believe that while the schools policy is within reason, they could find better ways of handling it instead of public shaming students and destroying personal property.
Mr. Zheng went on to explain that in the past, we would only confiscate phones away from students and implement other methods, but they wouldnt work. Its unfortunate, but destroying their phones out in public is the only effective way we have found to ensure they would never want to bring their phones back into our campus again.
Heres the video:
What do you make of this?
What advice would you give those middle schoolers to encourage them to leave their phones behind? What about the school?
Editor: Crystal Huang