Spokane School Jams Cells During Class

District consulting with FCC on legality of jamming
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 5:18 PM CDT
Charles Rombold texts a friend while standing next to his vehicle in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, April 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Students in Spokane, Wash. couldn't could call or text during class for 3 whole days, KHQ-TV reports. A school there recently tested a cell phone jammer to get kids focused on academics, but admitted the move may not be legal. They're checking with the FCC. "We just thought it was something we wanted to evaluate," said Principal John Hook.

If permitted, the school will jam cell phone frequencies during class time but not between classes or during lunch. "We believe that there are times during the school day that parents need to have access to students and students need to have access to family members, and doctors and things like that," said Hook.