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SURVEY TO BE HELD ON MUSIC STUDENTS PETITION AGAINST RESTRICTION.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

MOJAVE - Mojave Unified School District will survey employees about the district ban against personal music players on campus aimed at shielding youngsters from vulgar music lyrics.

The board wants to hear from teachers, bus drivers and others in response to a petition against the ban signed by more than 360 students from 540-student Mojave High School.

``No one supports vulgar language. That isn't the issue,'' Superintendent Larry Phelps said. ``We are going to survey the staff, see what they think and bring that back to the next meeting.''

The board decided last week to conduct a poll of employees before reconsidering the ban that took effect in January.

Several students spoke to the board and said most students do not listen to music with vulgar lyrics and that the district shouldn't have a rule that bans players for everyone, Phelps said.

``They felt like students were mature enough, that no one should be playing it out loud,'' forcing other people to hear it, Phelps said.

The next board meeting is May 11.

The board in January banned CD, MP3, iPod and other personal music listening devices, as well as handheld games and similar electronic devices.

Students are not allowed to bring their personal players to school or aboard school buses on trips within the district, which covers Mojave and California City.

On bus trips outside the district, students may use their players with the prior permission of the staff in charge, the policy said.

No one spoke against the ban at the two board meetings where it was discussed. One parent spoke in favor of it at the board's Jan. 27 meeting.

Enforcement of the new policy will be left up to school administrators, who are expected to confiscate players to turn over to students' parents.

The student petition asked the board to ``reinstate the privilege of high school students using personal music listening devices on Mojave High School campus, before school, during nutrition, and lunch.''

Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744

karen.maeshiro(at)dailynews.com
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