"The man is a damn hero, yet a Florida science teacher is in some hot water over his decision to not take crap from his students anymore.
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"Dean Liptak, who teaches at Fivay High School in Hudson, Florida was sick and tired of student’s cell phones ringing, beeping and interrupting his class. So he did what anyone who has had to sit behind teenagers at a movie theater wishes they had thought of. He bought a cell phone jammer… and those little bastards’ phones stopped buzzing.
"There is a lot of rage between people who use their phones at inappropriate times and those who 'aren’t going to take it anymore.' This week on Break we saw a motorcyclist tell a driver to stop texting in the car only to get run over by that driver in retaliation. That is why it is great to see a teacher standing up for himself and the respect of his classroom; after all, simply telling them not to use their phones in school would only make them want to do it more. Liptak thought the jammer would work only for his classroom. Unfortunately that was not the case;
"A spokesperson from the Pasco County School District, Linda Cobbe told local reporters: 'Verizon had come to the school saying someone had a jamming device, because the cell phone service was being interrupted in the area.'
"Mr. Lipta is going to get some silence for at least one week of school as he has been reprimanded and given a five day suspension without pay over the incident. While cell phone jammers are not illegal, they can be if there are harmful consequences in their use; such as stopping service in the nearby neighborhood. Hopefully these kids learned some kind of lesson from all of this. I know one science teacher that would have made these kids show some respect."
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