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									October 28, 2008                                                                    Opinion                                                                                            Page 13




The soaring Hawk presents...




                                                                                                                                                                                                 Poll and photos by Shelby Layton and Megan Ott
                                                                                                                                                                              Senior
                                                                                                                                                                                Jon
                                                                              Freshman                                                                                      Chrzanowski
                                                                           Delaney Manning



                                Freshman                                                                                         Senior
                               Makaila Henry                                                                                  Sean Foreman



If you became President, what would your highest priority be for the country?
“To take care of national parks and              “Pollution and the environment.”                        “Fixing the problem with                         “I would develop nuclear energy
      schools for children.”                                                                                corrupted CEOs.”                                 through the use of biofuel.”


 Cell phone users                                                                                 on the road, you are putting yourself, your
                                                                                                  passengers, other vehicles, and pedestrians
                                                                                                                                                     find pictures of teens they know exposing
                                                                                                                                                     themselves. If one of these adults is caught


  BEWARE
                                                                                                  in danger.                                         with such an item, even accidentally, they
                                                                                                    Studies have shown that more than 85% of         could be prosecuted for the possession of
                                                                                                  the 200 million teenage cell phone subscrib-       child pornography. Thus, their decisions
                                                                                                  ers regularly talk or text on their phones         not only affect their own lives, but reflect
                                                                                                  while driving. In 2000 5% of teenagers             upon their elders’ lives as well.
                                                                                                  ranging from the ages of 13-17 owned cell            Cell phone usage in school and while driv-
                                                                                                  phones, while today those statistics have es-      ing has become a neverending nuisance.
                                                                                                  calated to 56%. (www.smartmotorist.com)            Instead of focusing on the chemistry test
                                                                                                     Traffic accidents are the leading cause of       ahead in second period, students are open-
                                                                                                  death among teens according to prior re-           ing up their phones to their classmates’ ab-
                                                                                                  search. Consequently, using cell phones            surd fascinations. Here is an idea: JUST
                                                                                                  while driving further aggravates this issue.       DON’T USE THEM.
                                                                                                      If you have the uncontrollable habit of
                                                                                                  yapping on your cell or texting until your
                                                                                                  fingers fall off, for your safety, it is probably
                                                                                                  a good decision to hang up and drive. You
                                                                                                  may think your parents are just wasting hot
                                                                                                  air when they tell you this, but listening to
                                                                                                  their advice could save your life.
                                                                                                     In addition to the dangers of using your
                                                                                                  cell phone while driving, these devices are
                                                                                                  also used to send appalling videos of risque
                                                                                                  behavior and suggestive photos from teen
                                                                                                  to teen. Many of these videos and picture
                                                                                                  messages are falling into the wrong hands,
                                                                         Photo by Gunner Hughes   or even worse... everyone’s hands, only
Sara Hammer                                                                                       achievable through your friend, the chain
                          Staff Writer                                                            message.
  Cell phones: the producers of car crashes,   serious trouble.                                     In LaCrosse, Wisconsin, a 17 year-old boy
erratic videos, rumors and demeaning pho-         The use of cell phones while driving is         was recently charged for the possession of
tos. How did our parents ever live without     just as dangerous as being behind the wheel        child pornography, sexual exploitation of a
these ingenious inventions? One thing is for   while intoxicated; drivers pay more atten-         child, and defamation of character for alleg-
sure: teenagers today wouldn’t be caught       tion to their phones than to the road, just        edly posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend
dead without one of these accessories in       as a drunk driver would pay more attention         on his myspace page.
their pockets. However, cell phones aren’t     to their bottled delight. Whenever you are            On many occasions bosses, teachers, and
all fun and games; they can get teens into     driving a vehicle and your attention is not        parents will open their e-mail inboxes to
                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Gunner Hughes



                                                              the hawk staff
  Editors in Chief: Elyssia Cardenas, Krysten Wolinski   Photographer: Gunner Hughes               Staff Reporters: Brooke Brittingham,                     Stephen Decatur High School
  News Editor: Rachael Pacella                           Sales Personnel: Jessica Giles,           Alex Clagett, Hillary Daye, Hailey Ferguson,
  Feature Editor: Madalyn Schnader                       Taylor Phillips, Lexie Miller             Kaitlin Gutridge, Sara Hammer, Kirsten Hawkins,
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  Entertainment Editor: Becca Bright                     Pollster: Shelby Layton                   Leah James, Danielle Jones, Elijah Llinas,               Berlin, Maryland 21811
  Centerspread Editor: Lauren Freeman                    Publicist: Andrea Matrona                 Alexi Nathan, Bethany Neeb, Megan Ott, Kelly Powell,
  Opinion Editor: Daniel Townsend                        Ad Design: Crisanne Schworn               Crisanne Schworn, Hillari Spicer, Sheridan Steele,
  Sports Editor: Lindsay Chetelat                        Advisor: Mary Berquist                    Katherine Waldner, Chelsea West

								
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