Florida teacher caught jamming students' phones

Florida teacher caught jamming students' phones
A teacher at a Florida school wanted his students to pay attention to him, not their smartphones. So Dean Liptak brought a jamming device into his classroom at Fivay High School in Pasco County. And while Liptak might have thought that he had a good reason to mess with students' handsets, it happens to be an illegal act.

The science teacher ended up getting suspended for five days without pay, but it could have been worse. He could have been arrested and hit with a fine as high as $112,000. However, Verizon decided not to press charges. Liptak's jammer was discovered after the carrier had noticed that there was a hole in its network and contacted the school.

While Liptak thought that only the phones in his classroom would be affected by the jamming, a cell tower on the campus that covered all of Fivay High was blocked. Pasco County School District Spokeswoman Linda Cobbe called this a safety hazard since it prevented cell calls from being made from anywhere on school grounds. "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," said Cobbe.

Liptak claims that he had been incorrectly told by a deputy that the use of a jammer was only illegal if used with "malicious intent."  The FCC has made the use of such equipment illegal regardless of motive since it can interfere with emergency calls.



source: WTSP via PCMag

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24 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I know it's not right but I can only imagine how bad schools are now with so many distractions.

8. waddup121 unregistered

jamming like a baus

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

LOL. There is not a day the news doesn't tell you something stupid a teacher did.

18. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

imagine if they talked about all the stupid s**t that students did.

19. Amw86

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

yup, but that's the difference between students and grown adults. No excuse as a grown up.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

I still don't understand why phones are not banned in schools?

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Just a thought Jesus, but maybe school shootings are a reason. Kids can !ake calls and help police determine where the shooter is. A simple example.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31541; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good example

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Sometimes the teachers actually expect the student to use the phones for class (almost never). All this tech in the classroom needs to go away. It's a giant distraction.

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well it's banned in all schools of our country but there is just not enough people to gather and look for these phones so they just don't care. I wonder can't a teacher say: No phones in my class or else...? Is there any law about this in America?

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There are no laws, but each school or school district can have a policy dictating cell phone use while on school property so long as it doesn't contradict local, state, or federal laws or regulations like the cellular jammer did in the story above.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Suppose some crazy guy with a gun goes shooting on campus and no one has a phone to call for help. Thet don't need to ban pbones. You igbotany fools just need to put the damn thing down. People can't go anywhere with having a phone in their hands all the time. They walk with them, drive, in the theatre, while riding a bike or almost any activity you can name. People have hons cell phone crazy. They have self control. People don't even talk anymore. Fools be texting and they right next to.each other.

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

In my local district, they are. Being caught results in confiscation of the phone. Consequently, the bathroom became a sort of phone cabin.

10. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Power trip much?

12. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Teacher quality getting worse and worse. I hope the FCC decided to pursue charges.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

they wont, they will spend more money in court than they will ever get out of the teacher.

14. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Good job VZW for discovering the hole in the network.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For what it cost to goto college, you have to be a fool to be playing with a phone when you should be learning. Your phone is not going anywhere. You can put it down for 30 mins.

20. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

lmao seriously all those that keep saying oh what if someone had a gun.......wth did they do before cells were popular and someone had a gun in school???? seriously the phones are a distraction thats why our children are so dumb that dont learn because of their distractions not the lack of teaching

21. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

You're right. There have been more school shootings in the popular cell phone Era than in the 80's & 90's combined.

22. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

PHONES SHOULD BE BANNED IN SCHOOLS: FULL STOP. Students will not die if their phones were taken from them at the start of the day. The lawmakers are indulging students too much.

23. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Or rather, give responsibility to students, like failing them for low grades due to no attention in class instead of automatically promoting them.

24. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

These comments were a bunch of students until about comment #20. Glad to see we still have some adults who don't just cater to kids every need. That's what is wrong with this pathetic country now. Too pc, too many protests and too much over-exaggerated self entitlement. All b/c parents treat kids like adults.

25. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Instead of jamming, what the teacher should have done is use a IMSI-catcher and record nearby (by limiting catcher power so it only covers the school) text messages.

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