High school bans cell phones

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CNN, (WILX) - Students are more engaged, studying harder and interacting more in Anchorage, Alaska.

That's what staff, parents and even students are saying after a local high school implemented a policy that teens said was a real bummer at first.

Lumen Christi High School launched a 100% cell phone free policy six weeks ago.

"We noticed kids were distracted, and they didn't focus on what was going on," said teacher Antje Carlson.

"I was bummed at first, I think all of us were. We're really used to our cell phones," said one student.

Students leave their phones in homeroom at the beginning of the day and it stays there through classes and lunch.

Teachers say they wish they had done it years ago and the students don't seem to mind.

"Over time I've just learned to adapt to it. It's kind of nice since we're not on our cell phone, we can interact more, especially in between passing periods," said a student.

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