By Amy Feldman

By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What’s a cell phone jammer and why don’t we all have one?

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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.

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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.

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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.