Back in the old days, teachers cautioned pupils to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. For junior high kids, that pretty much left out do no evil. But with a good book in front of them, the result can be fewer shenanigans, especially if they can choose the book.
McAdams Junior High in Dickinson is beginning a new program called Silent Sustained Reading periods. SSR is a short period each day dedicated to reading. Students can read anything they want and, at times, even conduct a class reading. The purpose is to get the student to read anything.