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22A The News and Observer Raleigh NC Sunday October 9 1988 I 1 22A The News and Observer Raleigh NC Sunday October 9 1988 Living the Beautiful Life Schools silencing beepers FALL SALE EVENT Device tied to drug trade 'disruptive' teachers say 'How can we expect students to "just say no to drugs" when we allow them to wear the most dominant symbol of the drug trade on their James Fleming Dade Public Schools tez-v- it 0ok4-1: 4 4-- A-li Ai k4 itltit I ro if' 'kl-li'f-lf -e 44-11 (07-'1 14 1 11157W' t1141' 1 'f' I II l' AeZ'A it ----Iii-11' 1t'-''-'-r1 tl 1 411 I 4 I 7::1 '-4 Li i 1 -A 1 tZi 1114L? it: 7 -41 if-- 10- -i A At 474 i 1 IR t4' I 1 i 112r4 -f1' 'Pr': i i '4411 ti 11 1 0 i4 0 5r 0 i 07 7: 1 coint -1: 11 4 4 i4 A ))i 4 A (11 10 -iizNrii 1 4- oi -'L '411411 Ir 11:301 ei ir 4seL04 -r 7 i 4 '7'' '3 -1' -i -7 7 A4M 44- i- 4 4'-' 4111( i4-- 44' 1 4N'S i' -4 7 3-- i 1440-t-N y1- 4 w-- ii (1 4 iv AT OUR Create the living room you've always wanted filled with the graceful curves and gleaming surfaces of 18th Century English design and live beautifully ever after in a home of enduring style 4--i -M '4- to I 1: 74- I I i 4''''''''''-'''- l' '7 -t n1A tt ''4 5 -i -1 f- 0 r' --1 11 1-- 2 h44 k-44 02 1 )1 ''1 i 4 :4 5 7 4t' X-- 1 41 4e it lic 4 4 4 tiir 4 '1 'i -i 7' wiLi--: 1 -4---1- 4 I I -4- )14 l''' 4I1W Of'17i' 41'1' II 1 4 -1-'-' 1 Itt- ik- pla11 1-44y-rei ft-ti4 -47! liqP 4 PA: -1--0- Came with block Chippendale in your fabric GEORGIAN LIVING phone He even offered to pay me" She declined the offer of money but agreed to place the call for the student When she reached what sounded like an answering service Ms Rizzo-Tolk said she was calling on the behalf of the student "They were baffled that I was calling and put the receiver down but I could hear someone ask: 'What should I say' They came back to the phone and said 'We don't know what you are talking about'" Ms Rizzo-Tolk told the principal of the incident and the student was referred to another school Frank Blount director of security for Detroit schools said that although their policy has deterred some students from bringing beepers to school many students sneak in the devices Last year he said the security department conducted random searches and found an average of 15 to 20 beepers per raid In a recent newsletter of the paging industry trade association Telocator the group's president William Hotes called the Michigan law "a shot across our bow" Paging system operators are concerned that a ban on beepers in schools could stifle the industry's growth among residential customers The majority of the industry's 7 million subscribers have been professionals and small business customers Mr Hotes said children who return to empty homes after school students awaiting word of organ transplants those who must be reminded to take medication and those with sick relatives at home have legitimate reasons for carrying pagers A number of school officials disagree Dr Robert Di Florio executive assistant to the superintendent of the Syracuse school system said there was no reason for a student to have a beeper because any parent wishing to contact a child for medical or emergency purposes could call the school office By CALVIN SIMS New York runes News Service NEW YORK The staccato tweet of the paging beeper which 'Is the latest in high-technology gear for the enterprising drug dealer is being squelched in schools across the country School systems are forbidding students to carry the pagers about the size of a pack of cigarettes on the ground that they are "often used to arrange illegal drug sales Pagers are widely used by doctors lawyers and other professionals But educators say this use of beepers by drug dealers is particularly hampering their efforts to prevent drug abuse among teenagers "How can we expect students to 'just say no to drugs' when we allow them to wear the most dominant symbol of the drug trade on their belts?" said James Fleming associate superintendent for the Dade County Public rScbools in Florida which bans beepers and other such disruptive items as radios "I can think of no reason outside of special medical emergencies for students to carry beepers" The move to restrict the use of beepers has angered some paging industry executives who argue that beepers are being unfairly linked with the drug trade and that there are legitimate reasons for students to carry the devices Nor are all students comfort: able with the ban A student representative at Thomas Jeffer son High School in Brooklyn who t7aSked to be identified said: Vtit it a dangerous thing to start (rbinhtng objects that are merely fatsideiated with criminals Some wear ankle bracelets pots: that mean schools should from wearing them? next the banning of types of clothing or hair The styles American Civil Liberties 2 Union also opposes regulations students from carrying if such restrictions are intended to limit communications t- between students and people out-the school 1- 1 school has the burden of vv show that the beepers are and not being banned they are linked with lback sofa legs choice of illegal drugs" said Janlori Goldman a lawyer for the group's privacy and technology project More than 50 school districts including those in Philadelphia Miami Houston Washington San Diego and Syracuse prohibit the use of beepers and other electronic communication devices in schools Michigan recently passed legislation banning beepers in all schools in the state In March Baltimore schools banned beepers Helen Patterson coordinator of special pupil services in Baltimore said teachers had complained that their classes were being interrupted by beepers and students wanting to use telephones Although there is no citywide ban on beepers in the New York City school system many principals such as Edward Reynolds of Westside High School in Manhattan have outlawed beepers along with expensive jewelry luxury cars and other items popularized by drug dealers "When you have teenagers driving BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes wearing large gold chains and gold teeth and carrying beepers that cost $40 a month plus an initial outlay you have to ask yourself: 'Where is the money coming from?" 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