Several issues should be considered in light of this controversy:
1. Should students be able to record and broadcast the classroom performances of their teachers, good or bad? Is the First Amendment implicated here?
2. Can teachers recorded on such videos be held liable for harassment and face punishment as a result?
3. Is there a middle ground here where cell phones are confiscated only when they are visible or audible by school employees?
4. Are cell phones a contributor to a safer school environment in light of Columbine?
5. Are blanket bans enforceable short of metal detectors and pat-downs at the schoolhouse gate?
I invite you to weigh in on these questions and more generally on this pressing digital age issue.