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Seymour High School cellphone ban sees success

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Administrators at Seymour High School say students are reporting higher grades and more focus in the classroom since the school instituted a blanket ban on cellphone use.

Principal Jim Freund says the school banned cellphones Dec. 11 following instances of "mean spirited behavior" through text messages and social media.

Students are only allowed to use their phones at the teacher's instruction or while using a classroom app.

Freund says students opposed the ban at first, but now, he says students are improving their communication skills and test scores have also increased.

Freund says research shows banning cellphones has the same effect on test scores as adding five days to the school year.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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