12-29-2007, 07:10 PM #1
Student's Cell Phone Texting After Classmate's Suicide Sparks Panic in AK
They used a classmate's suicide to get out of an exam? How unbelivably callous and cruel.
AUGUSTA, Ark. — Rumors spread by cell phone text-messaging flew through a school after a student's suicide, rumors that other kids planned to kill themselves, that students planned to bring weapons to school, that there was going to be "a shoot 'em up." Panicked parents rushed to take their children home.
But police and officials at Augusta High School say the panic turned out to be only a way for students to avoid taking semester-ending exams.
"Somebody took advantage of a tragedy that happened in Augusta, a tragedy of a young man taking his life," Superintendent Richard Blevins said. "Somebody exploited that and I guess that made me madder than anything else. Somebody was so insensitive to use that for their own gain."
An existing ban on cell phones at the school will be enforced when the winter break is over.
Bomb threats and disruptions have happened before at the 200-student school in Augusta, in northeastern Arkansas. But police say the proliferation of cellular phones gave electronic-age wings to small-town gossip. more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,318991,00.html