*** Is is right or legal for teachers to take students phones and charge them money to get it back just because the school is poor and looking for revenue?
You can skip the situation story if you'd like.***
-----Heres the real time event of the theft. A Quiz Bowl trip is being organized and we have to have a parent sign a form, and due to lack of teacher planning, we have about 30 minutes to get this done in order to send in the forms in time. The other kids get their parents on the office phone and everything is fine, but my mothers cell phone is an out of town number and the office phone won't call it. I suggest that since I'm 18 I should be allowed to sign the form, but the counselor tells me no "You need to find a way to get in contact with your mom." Implying "Go use your cell phone," because rules are lax here, and its just accepted that 90% of the students have their phones. So I go in an empty bathroom , this is during morning break, and start to call. One of the stricter teachers pops through the door and snatches my phone out of my hand. I try to explain to him I was doing this for school business and on the couselors permission but he takes it down to the office anyway, and puts a $50 fine on it saying I have to pay it before I can have it back. When I go to the counselor and tell her whats happened her response is " Oh well you got caught so you broke policy. Too bad you should have used my phone."....A phone which was never offered 3 minutes before.---
So is this in anyway right, moral, or legal to be charging $50?