Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A bizarre story in so many ways...

This really is strange:

Broward County School Board using text messages to report dangers
Like Crime Stoppers, the messages you send will not be able to be traced

By Akilah Johnson | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 14, 2009

Broward County Click here for restaurant inspection reports schools are keeping up with technology by offering students a way to send anonymous tips about danger on campus: text messaging.

Superintendent James Notter said that when he went to Dillard High School after a student was fatally shot there Nov. 12, he realized today's students are just as likely to send a text message as make a phone call.

And tipsters: Don't worry about text-message shorthand. Student government leaders and more youthful school officials will help translate the texts into traditional — and understandable — English.

"Any parent or adult who does read their children's text messages, it is a different language," Notter said. "Our students' generation has created their own language."

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