By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What’s a cell phone jammer and why don’t we all have one?READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: Father Of Man Who Marked Grim Milestone For Philly Wants Son To Be Remember More Than Number
Professional wrestler turned Florida high school teacher Dean Liptak got into trouble with administrators and the law recently. Imagine telling that guy you forgot your science homework. Not for pounding a teenager in dire need of an attitude adjustment into the mats (although one can only imagine the fortitude it takes on a daily basis NOT to do that). Rather, he found a less aggressive but more illegal way to stop kids from checking their cell phones during class.READ MORE: Upper Darby Chiropractor Charged With Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old Girl During Exam
Liptak brought a cell phone jammer, which is a radio frequency transmitter that is designed to block, jam, or otherwise interfere with authorized radio communications, to school. The instrument blocks cell phone signals and prevents teenagers from using their phones.
The problem is that it blocks everyone in the area from using cell phones, including emergency responders. Which is why you need to know that even though you can buy them on the Internet, federal law prohibits the marketing, sale, or use of a jammer.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Business Owners Seeing Uptick In Brazen Thefts
Mr. Liptak is currently suspended without pay. He may need to find an easier gig. Like using piledrivers, choke slams, and jumping brainbusters to earn a living.