Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Lawyer suing school for taking away son’s iPhone that was used in class
A lawyer is furious that his son’s school principal took away his iPhone despite the fact that the child was playing with it during class, according to court documents in Singapore. Attorney Andrew John Hanam filed a lawsuit against the Anglo-Chinese School located at 60 Baker Road, demanding that Principal Peter Tan Chong Tze return the iPhone 7 immediately. The school is refusing to hand over the phone, saying that the child violated school policy by using the phone in class. “With about 1,400 students, we would need every one of them to be responsible and abide by the school’s practices, rules and code of behavior.
“Your son/ward would have been briefed about these expectations, and to support his adherence, these are found in the Student Handbook he received.
“I would like to draw your attention to our requirement for a student to lock his hand phone or any other electronic devices in his locker from the beginning of the school day till after
school, which includes Academic Coaching or detention classes.
“I would prefer that your son/ward does not bring hand phones or other unauthorized electronic devices to school as they pose a distraction from learning.
“Should you need to contact him, you can always call the school office, and teachers will assist all students who need to contact their parents.
“All students found flouting this rule will have the devices confiscated for 3 months,” Tze wrote in a letter to parents.
Hanam told the court that iPhone belonged to him and he just lent it to his son. Hanam wants the phone back, claiming that keeping the device from him is hindering his work as an attorney.
The judge however, ruled that the school was justified in seizing the phone as the policy was clearly outlined in the beginning of the year. The judge said that forcing the school to give back the phone before the three months, will send the wrong message to other students.