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A Coal City Elementary parent emailed 59News sharing her concern with disciplinary action and iPads. A Coal City Elementary parent claims the school is suspending half of all 3rd through 5th grade students for mis-using their iPads.

Principal Null told 59News so far this school year he's suspended 4 students on an iPad infraction. He said they've all been on a case-by-case basis. Null also told us Raleigh County's iPad policy states elementary students are not allowed to download games and personal apps or have an iTunes account.

He said on Wednesday the school did a sweep of all iPads, checking for infringements to the policy. Null then sent an automated phone message to all parents informing them of the sweep and telling them the students that had violated the policy will be disciplined.

"Mr. Null has made a call out to all of the parents reviewing the policy and the consequences and asking the parents to help to enforce the policy and to make sure the parents and students are aware of the policy," Coal City Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Donna Thomas said.

Thomas told us the specific disciplinary actions that could be given based upon the level of infringement.

"The policy requires that principals check for infringement of county policies on a regular basis. The action could be anything from a suspension, an in school suspension, keeping the iPads here at school, there were several things that could be consequences of the action," she said.

Parents can express any concern at the next technology and initiative meeting which will be held at Coal City Elementary on February 4th from 5-6:30 p.m.