Fed up with students using cellphones in classrooms, Port Hardy Secondary School principal Steve Gray ordered a jamming device from China, but it didn't take long for students to figure out their calls were being blocked by the illegal gizmo.
"On the first day, we thought the Telus tower was down. On the second day, we suspected the jammer. On the third day, we had the protest," said Destiny Herman, a Grade 12 student who organized a demonstration against the device.
"Some teachers said it was the humidity, but my cellphone works in the rain," added Grade 11 student Amber Wright, who helped organize the protest.
About 90 of the school's 343 students skipped classes last Thursday to let Mr. Gray know that the small tin box with four antennae, sitting in the school library, was outlawed under Sections 4 and 9 of Canada's Radiocommunication Act.