However, Hans does confirm that the district's discipline code gives principals wide latitude about how to deal with rules at their school pertaining to electronic devices. These guidelines treat cell phones and other gadgets like the unruliest children during the Victorian age: They shouldn't be heard or seen.
Here's the statement about the student-on-teacher smackdown:
"We are in the process of investigating allegations concerning a student and substitute teacher. Student and staff safety is a top priority at Hinkley High School and throughout Aurora Public Schools. We are committed to maintaining a safe environment in our schools and inappropriate behavior of any type will not be tolerated. We have contacted the Aurora Police Department about the allegations and are fully cooperating with their investigation. At this point, we have no further information because this incident is under investigation."
And here's the cell-phone edict from the code linked above:
CELL PHONES -- ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Aurora Public Schools believes in "providing environments that optimize learning and teaching and are safe, secure, and well-maintained." As such, an except for approved educational purposes, all personal electronic devices shall not be seen, used, nor heard during the school day on Aurora Public School property by students grades K-12. Cell phones--electronic devices are defined as cell phones, IPODs, CD players, PSPs, Blackberries, cameras, electronic games, etc.
In APS, cell-phone infractions fall into two categories: "Minor," which can prompt conferences or so-called "interventions" (like an in-school suspension), or "Severe," potentially leading to suspensions, emergency removal, reassignment or, in extremely severe severe cases, expulsion.
Given that expulsion is also the remedy listed for assault, the student at the center of the latest brouhaha will likely be outta Hinkley in short order -- not that Hans will discuss it. In the meantime, the rest of you children keep your phones to yourself.