Hmm.. let's see here. "I can probably just ditch the rest of math class, it's boring af anyway..." to David
I'm sorry Ryan, but we can't return your phone. It's school policy that we keep your phone here permanently
Ryan gets his phone confiscated in Mr. Davis's class by the new substitute
Later, at Home...
IS THAT EVEN LEGAL?
Mr. Davis started reading Ryan's texts out loud to the rest of the class. At the time, Ryan didn't know this, but this was a disruption of privacy.
Don't worry, we'll get you sorted out.
To make things worse, the school's phone policy was badly reviewed by the legal department, so they could get away with absurd rules like this one.
The Next Day, At School...
You can't any students' phones here forever. They must be returned. If you don't change the policy, it can be reported as a violation of the students' rights.
Ryan's mom saw that they would need extra help on the subject, so she contacted the ACLU
I'm gonna find someone who can help you, okay?
I don't know, but we signed the handbook, so I guess they can do that
The ACLU helped Ryan figure out what rights he had as a student, and how the school blatantly violated them.
Wait, so they couldn't take my phone OR read my texts out loud?
The ACLU member confronted the school principle about the policy, and demanded a change, allowing Ryan and all others who lost their phones to the school to get them back. Then, the substitute was fired.