OOPS! Teacher thought jamming kids’ cell phones was a good idea; found out it’s ILLEGAL

A Florida teacher used a signal jammer to prevent his students from sending and receiving text messages while in class. He got suspended a week without pay for his effort.

Fivay High School science teacher Dean Liptak was getting tired of his students being distracted by their texting, and cajoling didn’t seem to work. So he brought the jammer to school and tried it out for three days — March 31 to April 2, according to BayNews9.

One problem was, the device worked too well — the school is located right next to a cell phone tower and the signal disruption came to the attention of the mobile phone company.

The other problem was cell phone jamming is illegal.

“The cell phone provider came to the campus and asked to search the campus, so at that point in time administration believed it was a student that might have had this device,” said Betsy Kuhn, Pasco County School District’s director of employee relations, told the station.

It wasn’t a student.

“I wanted to fix the cell phone problem in my class,” Liptak told a district investigator, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which reported:

He reportedly said he never intended to cause problems, and that he thought the jammers were allowed as long as they were not intended for malicious purposes. District officials were not amused.

“Not only did your actions potentially violate federal law, you posed a serious risk to critical safety communications as well as the possibility of preventing others from making 9-1-1 calls,” superintendent Kurt Browning wrote in a letter informing Liptak of his five-day unpaid suspension, according to the Times.

This wasn’t Liptak’s first dust-up with school administrators. Two years ago, the former professional wrestler-turned-classroom instructor gave students a test that included what some regarded as inappropriate questions.

According toi WTSP, one question read:

A 50 kg student has a momentum of 500 kg m/s as the teacher launches him toward the wall, what is the velocity of the student heading toward the wall?

I’m beginning to like this guy.

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4 thoughts on “OOPS! Teacher thought jamming kids’ cell phones was a good idea; found out it’s ILLEGAL

  1. Navin Johnson says:

    what is the velocity of the student heading toward the wall?

    It is velocity(v – s) where s is the terminal “splat” velocity…

  2. ooddballz says:

    If it were not for the disrupting the cell tower, I would have NO problem with it.
    Actually, I have very little problem with it anyway.

  3. PI by Nature says:

    The suspension should be the least of Dean Liptak’s problems. The reason why cell phone jammers are illegal at the federal level is because one can be prevented from calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. A school can ban students from bringing cell phones into school, but if not, it should be a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, so long as they’re not used in class or heard.

  4. Connie S. says:

    Um, other schools have a policy if they see a cell phone or kid using one in their class they confiscate the phone and it is held for some period of time. Why didn’t he think to do that? Also I’m not impressed with his test question regarding a teacher throwing a student against the wall. Teacher sounds like a juvenile jerk.

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