The Stafford Technical Center Public Safety Services class was asked to make a presentation to the entire school at the Student of the Marking Period Assembly. The students decided to accept the challenge and, under the direction of Erika Stocker, who was the project director, came up with the topic of improper cell phone usage. The group then worked to flesh out subtopics, and each student developed a subtopic that he or she would be responsible for. The subtopics were then amalgamated into a cohesive presentation.
The subtopics included all facets involving improperly using a cell phone and texting. Kayla Jones, a junior from Mill River, dealt with the issue of the rude and annoying behaviors that people by carrying on loud or disgusting cell phone conversations in public places. She found stories of how
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widespread the problem is- that stars of Broadway musicals have been known to stop in the middle of a song to tell a theatergoer to get off the phone. Justin Cram, a senior from Otter Valley, and Jon Schaff, a senior from Fair Haven dealt with the ringtone issue- all those weird and annoying ringtones that often drive people crazy. They also discovered that ringtones are a $500 million a year business, and that some of the 10 second ringtones that people download carry with them a contract of up to two years and a monthly rate of up to $15.99.
Using cell phones to cheat was covered by Dan Ball of Rutland High School. He found that cell phones offer many new technologies to facilitate cheating, including web browsing for answers, texting the answers to a friend, and a host of other methods.Dan did find, however, that while cell phones did make cheating easier, they don't make honest students cheaters. Nate Hance, a junior from Mill River, addressed the issues of misdirecting your text messages or phone calls to other parties, and how embarrassing that can be. He found two really pertinent stories, one involving Lily Allen, who he describes as England's Paris Hilton, who took topless photos of herself and sent them to a guy with the same name as her boyfriend. The other involves a hapless Syracuse, N.Y., drug dealer whose text message with details of his upcoming large drug deal went accidentally to a police officer's phone.