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China school smashes phones to stop students from using them

A school in China smashed confiscated cell phones using a hammer. The phones were first soaked in water and then broken into pieces.

world Updated: Jun 28, 2017 14:49 IST
The phones were first soaked in water and then broken into pieces
The phones were first soaked in water and then broken into pieces(Weibo )

Schools have unique ways of disciplining their students and one particular school in China has been employing strict tactics to stop smartphone usage at its premises.

The Yongmao Middle School at Guiyang, Guizhou province of south-west China, assembled its students in the school ground and smashed confiscated cell phones using a hammer. The phones were first soaked in water and then broken into pieces. A video capturing the entire process was initially shared by Pear Video on Chinese social network Weibo and later republished by state-run People’s Daily.

In the footage, an adult in a military style suit is seen repeatedly smashing cell phones, as scores of students watch in silence. The school has a zero tolerance policy regarding students bringing cell phones and it is made clear in the accompanying voiceover, which can be heard blaring from the public address system.

“Any cell phone brought into school against regulations – meaning the students haven’t alerted the school or obtained the proper credentials – will be soaked in water and smashed on the ground,” a woman’s voice can be heard announcing.

According to Pear Video, the school staff said “prohibition of students’ private mobile phones is to facilitate the management of students” and is the only way to stop them from further breaking rules. Pear Video also said parents agreed to the smashing of phones and the strict school policy.

The video has attracted many comments as netizens seem to be divided about the punishment. According to South China Morning Post, many peoplef have been slamming the school for taking such extreme measures.

“Mobile phones are private belongings, and schools do not have the right to destroy [them],” it quotes one Weibo user as saying.

Though the school’s methods for persuading students against using their cell phones have been condemned by some, others feel that there is a need for measures to curb excessive internet usage plaguing the country.

The debate over whether children should be allowed to use cell phones in schools in China is a long running one and Yongmao Middle School is far from being the first to go to extreme lengths to tackle the issue.

According to news website Public Network, a middle school in China’s Hebei province is currently waging a “war against cell phones” and has installed metal detectors to catch students trying to sneak in cell phones into the school premises.

The school has also installed payphones across campus for its student’s use.