Kansas high school pilots cellphone pouches to limit usage

Pouch locks cellphone inside until student leaves class

April 16, 2018 - 5:22 am

A Kansas high school is piloting pouches that aim to reduce the distraction of cellphones after A&E's "Undercover High" showed students using their devices instead of engaging in class.

Highland Park High School received criticism after it was featured on the show that follows seven adults posing as teenagers.

The school's principal, Shana Perry, says she received several complaints about the cellphone usage, but a company also reached out to help.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports that Yondr, a manufacturer of phone pouches, contacted the school to test their product.

The pouches, which cost more than $20 each, are made of durable fabric that "lock up" cellphones and can be opened with special magnets.

Perry says the school has had the pouches free of charge in 12 of its classrooms since last month.

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