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  •  Pay phones are nowhere to be found (28+ / 0-)

    Thanks to the fact that basically everyone now has a cell phone, practically all of the payphones are gone.  Have you tried to find a pay phone lately?  Try looking at your local mall.  There aren't any.  A cell phone has now become essential especially in cases of an emergency.

    •  Precisely ... (4+ / 0-)

      and they started vanishing a decade ago when I had to call into my newspaper after shows, and I did not have a cell phone.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:23:44 AM PST

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      •  One of my vivid memories of 9-11 (4+ / 0-)
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        was of all the illicit 'not allowed at school' student cell phones being passed around due to after-school everything being cancelled.

        Because all the pay phones the school had were taken out on 'people have cell phones now' grounds the year or two before and they were partially enforcing the 'students can't use school office phones to call parents' rule.

        So just about everyone who needed to notify a parent that a ride was needed Right Now or not to bother picking them up from a practice that wasn't happening because they were hopping on the bus had to find someone willing to admit they had a cell phone on campus during school hours.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:38:24 AM PST

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        •  I wonder how many students got in trouble for (0+ / 0-)

          that as there is no way in hell they would suspend enforcement of the no cell phone rule just because of the 9/11 attacks.  I bet half the school got detention/suspensions.

          You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

          by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:05:09 PM PST

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          •  They ignored the cell phones. (4+ / 0-)

            We just couldn't use the school landlines to call home (probably exception for the bandroom phone, as the director never followed that rule anyway). The student handbook said we should stop being so cheap, sacrifice the pocket change, and use the non-existent payphones instead.

            After 9-11, the rules started changing because schools realized that in situations like that, they HAD to give kids a way to contact parents.

            Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

            by Cassandra Waites on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:09:26 PM PST

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            •  I am surprised they ignored the cell (1+ / 0-)
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              phones.  You would think that "now, just because there was a major terrorist attack with thousands dead doesn't mean the rules no longer apply" would be their response.

              You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

              by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 03:18:02 PM PST

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              •  Ah but only the teachers saw the cell phones. (3+ / 0-)

                The administrators could see the vast majority of the office phones.

                So basically the teachers took full advantage of the post-Columbine rule that the windows on all classroom doors had to be covered so no one in the hallway could see in and we all prepared to hide the phones if the door opened. And this happened all across the school.

                Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

                by Cassandra Waites on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:32:05 PM PST

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                •  Still, you would think that an administrator (0+ / 0-)

                  coming in and seeing a bunch of people appearing to hide stuff would know what was going on or at the very least one person would have (secretly) reported it.  And from there the administrators could require that the parents of any kids in that class hand over a copy of their cell phone records to aid in enforcement.

                  You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

                  by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 05:02:39 PM PST

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                  •  Nah (0+ / 0-)

                    Even administrators with no common sense can be swayed by "the papers are going to get hold of this story and you'll look like an idiot and be publicly crucified".

                    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

                    by stevemb on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 07:00:21 AM PST

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              •  Honestly, I wouldn't. (1+ / 0-)
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                Most administrators have come up through the ranks of teaching and do greatly value the kids, the teachers and education.

                Why the demonization?

                www.stacysmusings.wordpress.com

                by Magenta on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:58:46 PM PST

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                •  Why don't you ask all the kids in juvie for simply (1+ / 0-)
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                  having a single Advil on them?

                  You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

                  by Throw The Bums Out on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:13:12 PM PST

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                  •  That's school boards. (0+ / 0-)

                    I can't say that stupid things are not widespread. It's ridiculous. I just read one where a 5-year-old was suspended for threatening to shoot a fellow student with her "Hello Kitty" bubble gun.

                    She deserved a very stern explanation of how we don't talk to our friends this way and maybe a front seat on the bus for a day or two. A suspension? Really?

                    But teachers will turn the kids in for Advil, too. It's stupid and unfortunate, but people are just following the rules outlined by stupid people. And yes, perhaps a bit less of following the rules and displaying some common sense would be good.

                    Nonetheless, no, I don't think in such an extraordinary circumstance administrators would be jackasses. I mean, I think a lot of them know these are relatively stupid rules.

                    Two of the victims in Newtown were administrators who freaking lunged at the shooter to protect those kids. Yeah, assholes, clearly.

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                    by Magenta on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:48:18 PM PST

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              •  My daughter was a sophomore in (1+ / 0-)
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                a high school in a far west Denver suburb that is well up in the foothills. View of downtown Denver and the metro area is spectacular.

                So is the view of the Federal Center, about 2 miles down hill, the largest federal complex outside of DC.

                The principal came on the intercom after it was clear an attack was going on and announced that classes would continue as scheduled and the TVs were not to be used to watch the news. All the rooms had TVs, they were primarily used for videos, but they were connected to cable.

                My daughter estimated that at least 85% of the teachers ignored the announcement and no one came around to enforce it. Her first class was a phenomenal history teacher at the school, whose 20 something daughter was in that area of NYC.  Yeah, sure, turn off the teevee.

                He pointed out to the students they were witnessing history. His daughter was fine. I think he had more gray hair.

                It so happened I had a meeting with my sister and a lawyer about mom's legal stuff that morning. I got to the building Chris worked in, one of the most recognizable on the Denver skyline, and they weren't letting anyone but employees in. I got back to my vehicle as she drove up saying "They told us to leave, I didn't wait to be told again."

                "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

                by Ginny in CO on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:57:28 AM PST

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        •  I wish I could send cellphone with my son. (1+ / 0-)
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          He loses them in about 32 seconds.

          www.stacysmusings.wordpress.com

          by Magenta on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 11:55:52 PM PST

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    •  I have found pay phones at rest areas but that's (3+ / 0-)
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      about it.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:02:17 PM PST

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      •  And of course pay phones (1+ / 0-)
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        are worthless for receiving calls, which one needs to be able to do for job hunting. A pay phone a mile down the road is also useless if you are in your home and there is an emergency.

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