Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cell Phone: The Cursed Gift

There has been multiple debates over the allowance of cell phones inside the schools. Teacher, parents and students have all voiced their opinions as to why cell phones should or should not be permitted in the schools. When you dissect the issue and look at the recent trend of school shootings, it becomes clear that cell phones are necessary.

For instance, There was a school shooting at Episcopal High School of Jacksonville recently, where Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth opened fired on the school principal and headmaster Dale Regan. Rumor has it that Shane and Dale were involved in an ongoing love affair that ended tragically. Shane fired Dale, and in retaliation, Dale returned to the school shortly after lunch break with an assault rifle concealed in a briefcase. He went to Dale's office and opened fire, before turning the gun on himself. No students were injured in this incident.

Students who owned cell phones were able to call their parents and tell them about the tragedy. Parents were afforded the relief of knowing their child was not in harm's way, thus being able to get to their child in a timely fashion.

This was not the case for the infamous Columbine school shooting and stories similar, where it took a while before authorities were notified, allowing the culprits to murder and seriously injure numerous people. I really believe that if there were more cell phones readily available, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel would have been able to respond to the incident more swiftly, thus saving more lives

Cell phones are a curse because they cause a distraction for students while in classes, for drivers while on the road, and in some cases for medical facilities who claim cell phone usage interferes with signals inside of hospitals. Some people use cell phones for illegal purposes, some perverts take pictures of people in class without the other person's permission, and for various other reasons. However, they are absolutely necessary for calling help as mentioned earlier, and for other things such as: sending and receiving emails, surfing the internet and more. What a complex invention.


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