Many students, like biased media hubs are interested in shocking, horrifying and getting the attention of a mass audience via cheap thrills. A camera phone is the perfect mechanism by which young people aim to derive their 60 minutes of fame. The more shocking the video, the greater the attention/ratings/Youtube-views, take the camera away and the opportunity for fame(main motivation for this sort of erratic behavior) is also removed. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_slapping]] "Happy Slapping is known to have started in the South London London Borough of Lewisham, in a format known as "Slap Happy TV", where a happy-slapping video would be recorded, and then watched by dozens of people like a TV show. The first newspaper article to use the phrase "happy slapping" was "Bullies film fights by phone", published in The Times Educational Supplement on 21 January 2005, in which reporter Michael Shaw described teachers' accounts of the craze in London schools.
The Phrase Finder describes the phenomenon thus:
Unprovoked attacks on individuals made in order to record the event, and especially the victim's shock and surprise, on video phones.
Origin: Happy slapping ... began as a youth craze in the UK in late 2004. Children or passers by are slapped or otherwise mugged by one or more of a gang while others record the event on video and then distribute it by phone or Internet.
Initially the attacks were, as the phrase would have us believe, fairly minor pranks ... As the craze spread the attacks became more vicious – often serious assaults known in legal circles as grievous bodily harm."
"United Kingdom: On 9 May 2005, a 16-year-old Plant Hill Arts College student was beaten up and left unconscious in a vicious "happy slapping" attack in Blackley. Footage of the attack was circulated on students' phones.
United Kingdom, 18 June 2005: Police arrested three 14-year-old boys for the suspected rape of an 11-year-old girl who attended their school in Stoke Newington, London. Authorities were alerted when school staff saw footage from the students' phones.
United Kingdom, 7 December 2005: Singer Mylene Klass was happy-slapped in Bermondsey, South London.
United Kingdom, December 2005: A 15-year-old-girl, Chelsea O'Mahoney (an alias) and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were all found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley near Waterloo Station, in London. Barry Lee, 20, and another 17-year-old were cleared of all charges. According to press reports, "The 15-year-old girl had told Morley that she was making a documentary about 'happy slapping' before her gang of friends kicked him to death."
Denmark, 10 May 2006: Two men aged 17 and 19 attacked a woman in Copenhagen; one kicked the victim while the other filmed the incident using a mobile phone. Two plain clothes police officers saw the incident, and the assailants were immediately arrested and the mobile phone confiscated.
Sweden, 1 September 2006: After a 16-year-old boy happy-slapped and hospitalised a 15-year-old Balkan boy in the city of Örebro, the victim's 17-year-old sister stabbed and killed the assailant with a hunting knife and claimed self-defence. The killing was filmed and distributed online.
Australia, 23 October 2006: Police in Victoria launched an investigation into the contents of a DVD at the centre of the 2006 Melbourne teenage DVD controversy which contained footage of several teenagers sexually assaulting a girl and setting her hair on fire. Copies of the film were allegedly sold at the Werribee Secondary College for $10.
United Kingdom, 26 January 2007: Andrew Elvin, 17, was jailed for a minimum of 12 years for the murder of Luke Salisbury, who died three days after being attacked by Elvin on 2 March 2006. Caine Hallett, 18, was sentenced to five years for manslaughter for the same incident, while Danielle Reeves, 18, faced a retrial in May 2007 for manslaughter.
United Kingdom, 14 February 2007: Eight youths set upon a 31 year-old man in Brighton, who turned out to be an amateur boxer. Two of the youths were hospitalised by the intended victim and four were arrested for causing an affray.
United Kingdom, July 2007: Anthony Anderson, 27, of Hartlepool, urinated on a dying woman while a friend made a video of the incident. He is reported to have yelled "This is YouTube material!" 
United Kingdom, November 2007: Emily Nakanda, 15, a contestant in the TV show The X Factor, withdrew from the competition after a happy slapping video in which Nakanda allegedly attacks a teenage girl was discovered on the internet.
United Kingdom, February 2008: A 15-year-old girl admitted filming the death of Gavin Waterhouse, 29, in a "happy slapping" attack which ruptured his spleen, and was convicted of aiding and abetting manslaughter. She was sentenced to two years detention. The judge stated that the courts had to make an example of such youths.
United Kingdom, May 2008: A teenage girl fell to her death from an attic window while trying to escape a "happy slapping" girl gang.
United Kingdom, August 2009: A retired care worker was assaulted and killed by two teens as he left his house of worship."
Instead of taking away phones, using the premise that bullies are attention seekers; wouldn't it be more sensible to figure why they crave attention or why their willing to use extreme violence to promote themselves?
From fights over a girl at the gate, underage sex, rape, teen pregnancies to Latrine humiliations, none of this is new. All of these things have been reported in books, journals, articles, movies and T.V programs dated from before everyone over 13 had a cell phone. To blame cellphones for this , is rubbish.
The logical answer has always been psychological counselling, juvenile imprisonment or some other curative/preventive/disciplinary action. To snuff/censor the act is to censure it . It is the least effective and most ignorant way to handle this. Pretending there isn't a problem, won't do away with it.
Cell Phones Should Be Allowed In School
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Have you ever heard of the gruesome Columbine High School massacre? This incident occurred on April 20th 1999 and involved two students embarking on a shooting rampage, killing twelve students, a teacher and wounding twenty three others. Unfortunately during this incident, the school's most easily accessible phone was on the other side of the school in the library. Perhaps some of these lives could have been saved if the students in this class had cell phones that they could've used to contact the authorities more quickly. The issue we are addressing today is the use of cellular devices in educational facilities. I believe that cell phone use is of extreme convenience, and has academically beneficial aspects, among it's so called "faults".
In a nutshell, here are some academically beneficial aspects of cell phones and other devices. Most modern devices are capable of remembering complex math theorems and are able to note due dates for assignments. My phone has a "Notes" application, where I conveniently store all of my assignments. So, for those of you who are arguing that there is no reason to have a phone in school, how do you think I get absolutely all of my homework assignments done on time? Another aspect that is advantageous in most cell phones are calculator applications. Rather than spending an additional $100 on a fancy Texas Instruments calculator for Trigonometry or Calculus, I am easily able to access an application on my cellphone that allows me to take advantage of all of the functions that any standard calculator is able to use.
There is no real "problem" with cell-phones in themselves. Students just need to learn, and remember, that there is a time and a place for everything. A cell-phone should generally not be used in class, unless perhaps somebody is standing at the front of the room with a gun, or if there was some other calamity, such as: kids making bomb threats and what not - for these reasons I find it completely reasonable for a child to be permitted to be equipped with a powered "ON" cellular device. I don't know about you, but if I have kids one day who are potentially in danger, I would want to be aware of this at once.
The chief argument against cell phone usage in school is that they are a disruption. I would agree with the fact that people who have those disgustingly loud rap music-blaring ring tones can be quite annoying, but how often do you actually HEAR somebody's cell phone go off in class?
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A poll given to over a thousand students at the North Atlanta High School in 2007 concluded that over 85% of the students who bring their phones to school keep them on silent at all times. If cell phones are kept quiet, how are they disruptive? In most cases, nobody even notices a student using their phone in class. I think that the main "disruptions" that take place are the teachers who go all crazy making a big deal and going off on huge rants about kids using their phones, when a simple "put that away please" could work just fine. The fact that the individual who is using the cell phone is not getting their work done, or is not learning all of the concepts discussed is their own individual problem, and they should be left alone, rather than interrupting everybody else who is actually trying to learn.
Another rather erroneous argument is "Oh, back in the day we didn't even have computers and we lived life just fine." The problem with saying this is that time moves on. When an advantageous tool comes along it would be silly to automatically discard or disallow it because we got by without it. Why do students use pens, and not pencils? Why use calculators instead of working out every mathematical problem in the margin? People who treat new ideas or more ubiquitous technologies with an attitude of "we don't need a new way to communicate, there's a land-line in the office", or "we don't need internal plumbing, the thunderbox works fine", continuously strike down possibly good ideas before they come to fruition.
People who bring their cell phones to school are oftentimes accused of using them to cheat with. Although there are people who do this, is that the only way that kids cheat? Absolutely not. Pens and paper might as well be banned also if schools are going to be banning cell phones and iPods for the reason of cheating. Maybe every student who is taking a test should be equipped with a pair of ear plugs, so to stop them from asking a student next to them for an answer. According to a survey given to teachers at several schools in Boston, students using cheat sheets and passing notes are six times more common than kids who cheat with phones.
Although it is debatable as to weather students should be allowed to use cell phones during classes, free time at school is also a time at which students who use cell phones are persecuted. If one needs to talk to somebody about something important, it is slightly unreasonable that he or she should have to sneak around with their phones during free time in flex or lunch. Why should somebody not be allowed to use a cellular device during their personal time? There are really no legitimate reasons.
I still maintain to this day that school is a place to learn languages, learn maths, learn history, and, most importantly, learn how to learn. It is not a place to learn conformity or regulations that have no bearing on society, or becoming a drone who automatically accepts everything an authority figure tells them.
My best teachers encouraged me to question the world and really explore all the answers, keeping in mind to stay on the task at hand. My worst teachers told me to shut up and take down everything written on the board as being automatically right and true, even when some smart alec would show them that they were demonstratedly wrong.
I would like to close my argument by stating that I think cell phones should be allowed in school. I think that although they CAN occasionally cause disruptions and what not, there are ways of dealing with them other than placing school-wide bans on them. I think a student possessing a cell phone should not be punished, for there are legitimate reasons for students to be allowed to have them. I think that as long as a student is not being deliberately disruptive with their cell phones, they should be overlooked.