Teacher Receives Five-Day Suspension for Using Cell Phone Jammer to Stop Students From Texting

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Pretty much every single teacher everywhere has had to deal with students texting during class. Some even give one of those "I'll wait" comments if they catch you, but does that really do anything? Not so much.

So, a teacher in Pasco County, FL decided he'd take matters into his own hands and got a jamming device that cut off the signal from the cell tower on Fivay High School's campus. If it sounds totally illegal, that's because it is.

When Verizon informed the district about the jammer, they informed the district, who suspended him for five days without pay.

"Verizon had come to the school saying someone had a jamming device, because the cell phone service was being interrupted in the area," Pasco County School District Spokeswoman Linda Cobbe told WTSP TV. "The consequences could have been dire, if he was jamming the signal so 911 calls can be made. It would affect an emergency in the school."

The teacher wrote a written response to the district saying that he had researched jamming devices that are sold online and that a deputy told him that they're only illegal if they're used with "bad intentions," which is not the case.

According to the FCC website, "Federal law prohibits the operation, marketing, or sale of any type of jamming equipment, including devices that interfere with cellular and Personal Communication Services (PCS), police radar, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and wireless networking services (Wi-Fi)."

Verizon chose not to prosecute the teacher, but he's definitely going to have to find a new way to stop students from texting in his class.

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