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    .....by suspending their kinds from school.

    COLUMBUS, Ga. - A high school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end a mobile phone call with his mother, a soldier serving in
    Iraq, school officials said.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/mom_s_call_suspension

    The school could be ashamed. Usually I think that people shouldn't use cell phones in school, but this was the kids mother who is in danger all the time and just wants to say hi to her son. I wonder how the school would feel if she got killed and that was the last conversation he ever had with her.

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    I have mixed feelings on this topic. I'd like to know did he call her, and if so was it done during class time or did she call him? If he called her then he's wrong regardless of her service to our country. If she called him perhaps she only had certain times to call and then the school should have excused him from class so he could talk to her. In that case the school is wrong and the teacher and administrators should be reprimanded. The news report is very general and poorly reported.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tommyalf
      I have mixed feelings on this topic. I'd like to know did he call her, and if so was it done during class time or did she call him? If he called her then he's wrong regardless of her service to our country. If she called him perhaps she only had certain times to call and then the school should have excused him from class so he could talk to her. In that case the school is wrong and the teacher and administrators should be reprimanded. The news report is very general and poorly reported.
      Originally posted by newsarticle
      The confrontation Wednesday began after the 17-year-old junior got a call at lunchtime from his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, who left in January for a one-year tour with the 203rd Forward Support Battalion.
      Bad beer day Tom?

      I disagree with what the school did too.
      "The Director also sets the record straight on what would happen if oxygen masks were to drop from the ceiling: The passengers freak out with abandon, instead of continuing to chat amiably, as though lunch were being served, like they do on those in-flight safety videos."

      -- The LA Times, in a review of 'Flightplan'

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      • #4
        argh .. I had such a nice reply to this, and I hit ALT-R like an idiot. *grumble*

        In summary of what I was adding, any parent that is away for an extended period should be given a little slack for calling the kid. Regardless of why the parent is away. It's something that can be difficult on a kid, even a teen I suppose.

        On the other hand, if the guy was on the phone in a place that was disruptive to others, he should have left the area for somewhere more suitable.

        "Parham said the teen's suspension was based on his reaction to the teacher's request. He said the teen used profanity when taken to the office."
        Is also important to the story. For all we know the teacher brought it up in a decent enough manner, and he told the teacher to piss off in addition to what was said in the story. Or maybe the teacher really was a prick. Who knows. I've been hung out to dry by an over zealous teacher though, and suspended based on his word alone.

        Much like story of the school that called the FBI about a kid and his "Not My President" t-shirt, this story doesn't really give much of the other sides story.

        Back to my scheduled Guinness..."Guinness In a Bottle? In your own refridgerator?! BRILLIANT!"

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        • #5
          Cell phone call to Iraq??? Damn, I don't want to see his phone bill...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by herpa2003
            Cell phone call to Iraq??? Damn, I don't want to see his phone bill...
            She called him.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by herpa2003
              Cell phone call to Iraq??? Damn, I don't want to see his phone bill...
              Even though in this case the mother was the one who called, international mobile calls are not that expensive. I used to call between Australia and Japan a lot.
              YBBN - James

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              • #8
                Originally posted by indian airlines
                Bad beer day Tom?

                I disagree with what the school did too.

                hehe, I need to stop going to happy hour... I read that totally wrong. It was a good happy hour today though.

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                • #9
                  Thats just messed up....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tommyalf
                    hehe, I need to stop going to happy hour... I read that totally wrong. It was a good happy hour today though.
                    Hell yeah!

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