For students, smartphones are a lifeline in school shootings

Let’s get rid of all the rules that prevent students in school from having their smartphones with them at all times.

In the current reality, they’re a lifeline. That much seems obvious after the school shooting in Florida.

The story of the shooting can be told in the text messages between student Sam Zeif, and his little brother, Matthew.

The messages were about the same between Kaitlin Carbocci and her sister, the Boston Globe says.

  • Guest

    INSTEAD of bans, insist they be put on the corner of the desk in the open, turned off and left untouched.

    THAT will stop distractions and test cheating and give teachers control of the classroom along with the safety of having a phone available.

  • jon
  • Bridget L.

    Why can’t it be you have your phone on you and if the teacher catches you on it, it gets taken away until the end of the class? Serious question, why is that such an issue?

    • Dan Lind

      Respectfully, our teachers are paid (not enough, but that’s another story) to teach our children, not to spend their time monitoring cell phone usage. Kids can send text messages without even looking at their screen unbeknownst to the teacher. It’s pretty amazing actually…I saw a video on it. I like the idea “Guest” proposed: phone turned off on corner of desk, readily available should a situation arise.

    • Al

      The point, you have missed it.

      • Bridget L.

        Well, thanks for clearing that up then.

        • Al

          Happy to help.

  • MarkUp

    Brother 1: Are you ok?
    Brother 2: Yes; are you ok?
    Brother 1: Yes; are you…

    In computer science, this is called a heartbeat.

    • jon

      I imaging at some point in the not to distant future, it will be a more literal heart beat… as it stands now on my android phone I can share my location with my wife (and I leave it on all the time, because why not…), I’d guess that with all the wearables, actual real time heart rate data can and will be shared via a smart phone…

      I’d suspect a “panic” button on the phones or wearable that just triggers everything to start recording, and a prioritized dump of information to a cloud server some where… notify a preset list of people who will have various levels of access to see the recording (maybe a timer for when the data is unlocked for those people that the owner can override after an event to decide if any one ever gets access to it.)

      Get pulled over by a cop, active shooter, just walking down a dark ally, etc, just hit the panic button, everything that happens from that point forward, your pulse, your blood oxygen level, the sound and any video the phone can see are all collected and dumped off site, if possible… have to enter a password into the phone to stop it… disable all the finger print/face recognition unlock stuff too…

      Honestly I’m surprised it’s not a thing yet.. though it’s going to be tragic the first time some one watches a heart beat stop on smart phone after getting a notification like that….

  • AL287

    It hasn’t been mentioned that smart phones give off a lot of light which could attract a shooter to an otherwise darkened room.

    The general rule in a lockdown/active shooter situation is to keep the room as dark and quiet as possible so as not to draw the shooter’s attention. Several students using their phones for texting could put everyone in the room in danger.

    The oddity in this shooting is the shooter knew a fire alarm would get targets out of hiding and out into the open. He knew exactly what he was doing.

    It proves that even the best plan for dealing with an active shooter can be thwarted but it’s the best we’ve got unless we turn our schools into armed fortresses.

  • Postal Customer

    “No texting please, kinda wanna live”

    You know things are bad when a teenager requests no texting. And even in their darkest moments, teens can lay on the sarcasm, thick.

  • Jeff C.

    These hit me so much harder than the photos or the words in articles. It gives me such a strong idea of the terror that the kids in the school and their family members felt. Thanks for posting them, Bob.

  • AmiSchwab

    this is not about phones. this is about having to be involved ina life and death situation in a school. this could have been their last words to each other. that they are even texting lines line this a travesty. phones in school who cares. guns in school , sweet jesus talk about that.