Students felt the wrath of two matrons from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after they sat in on a study session in Cambridge.
Julie Calton and Liz Barker were at Anglia Ruskin University as part of their MA in International Business Studies and were shocked at what they thought was “disrespectful” furtive use of mobile phones.
Matron Calton said: “We were in a class of 18 and 19 year olds and we just couldn’t believe the classroom etiquette.
“All people were doing was playing with their iPods and Blackberries when they should have been paying attention. Even during the minute’s silence for Armistice Day all you could hear was tap-tap-tap on phones and keyboards.”
Matron Barker added: “At the end of class Julie gave them a piece of her mind and told them how disrespectful they were. We were there in our own time and we wanted to learn but they were making it very difficult.”
Matron Calton said: “Most of the students were from overseas and after getting a telling off they looked at us as if we were from a different planet.
“I felt honoured to be there improving my education and I just had to point out how lucky they were to be there and that they should behave with a lot more respect in the classroom.”