Student claims officials wrongfully prevented him from taking ACT


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EDMOND, Okla. -  On Saturday, Deer Creek schools offered the ACT at the high school but one test taker says he was kicked out of the building before the test even started.

Devin Turner says he was on the phone with his dad, who was bringing him a calculator for the test when the ACT ambassador told him to get off his phone.

Turner said he ignored the request since there is no rule about phone use before the test is administered and finished his phone call.

That's when he says he was forcefully removed by Deer Creek staff for what they called disruptive behavior although the test had not started yet.

Turner says on his way out when he put his foot in the door, refusing to leave until his dad got there.

While blocking the door with his foot, Turner says one of the teachers pushed their chest onto him telling him to get out and then physically pushed him outside of the building.

Turner says all he was trying to do is wait for his father to get there.

The school responded shortly after the incident stating:

"Deer Creek School District was a host site for the ACT test.
Several Deer Creek staff and administrators serve as proctors for ACT.  Deer Creek staff acted appropriately and in accordance to ACT regulations.  Deer Creek denies the allegations being made and is grateful to have had several witnesses to the excessive disruption and removal of the student from the session so that no other student's testing session was disrupted or invalidated. "

The ACT website has a list of prohibited behaviors at the test center. The rules regarding the use of cell phones are as follows:

"Using any device at any time during testing or during break other than an approved calculator, an approved accommodation device, or an assistive device that does not require approval, such as a hearing aid. All other electronic devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of reach from the time you are admitted to test until you are dismissed after testing concludes. This includes assistive devices for which reasonable alternatives are available.  For example, if you need glasses, use glasses that do not have electronics attached or built in."

Turner says he was asked to get off his phone before he had provided his paper work at the admittance desk, well before the test was administered.

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