Nine students from the Beis Yaakov Yerushalayim (BJJ) Jerusalem High School were expelled because they own “non-kosher” cell phones.
The story began in the twelfth grade class this week, when a student suddenly jumped up excitedly and announced that her friend got engaged.
Her teacher realized that she had received the happy information via a text message sent to her cell phone, and immediately called for the school principal.
The principal demanded that the girl hand over the phone.
Reabbonim in Eretz Yisroel have forbidden the use of “non-kosher” cell phones, which allow SMS text messaging. Since the prohibition is considered very serious, the student was expelled from school.
Yet the principal didn’t stop there. He went through the phone’s directory to see what other girls in the class had “non-kosher” cellphones. Apparently, Kosher cellphones have a similar prefix, so it was easy to spot the “non-kosher” ones.
The principal’s detective work resulted in 8 other girls from the class being called in to be reprimanded for using non-kosher phones, and then they were all expelled as well.
“Many girls at the seminar are stressed out because they have a phone that is not kosher and fear being caught,” said one student.
“There are those who are now trying to get a kosher phone, so they can show that to the principal, if caught. Since we’re dealing with 12th grade, no one wants to get thrown out of school 6 months before they starts going out on shidduch dates”, another student said.
It should be emphasized that this is not the only institution that treats the subject seriously.
In some Charedi institutions, even the parents aren’t allowed to own non-kosher cellphones.
(Source: The Muqata)