A text-message conversation between high school students during the first week of school in Hillsborough County:
Chelsea: hey where u been? u haven't been texting me back! i wanted to tell u what britney said about stacey when she was with bradley who btw is going out with emily but don't tell stacey or britney because they would freak and u totally MISSED it!
Courtney: u will NOT believe this. my 2nd period science teacher took my cell phone. just because i was using it in class!
Chelsea: no way!!!
Chelsea: as if!!!
Courtney: if!! and like all i was doing was messaging samantha about what emily said about olivia plus what color bathing suit did she buy and did she have any skittles because i was soooo hungry. and mr. doofusmeyer, u know, the one who acts all emo but looks like spongebob, was up there going on and on about saving the environment or some big footprint we're all supposedly leaving and blah blah blah.
Chelsea: no way!!!
Chelsea: what ever happened 2 them telling u 2 put it away and then u wait til they're not looking and start texting again? think they figured out we can text in our pockets, purses and behind our books without twitching an eyelash?
Courtney: it's like some new school board law that says phones are distracting and kids use them 2 cheat and stuff. total zero tolerance during school hours. i mean, distracting? i can text in class while taking a nap with my eyes open and listening to lil kim and surfing the net for juicy couture on sale which btw it NEVER is...
Chelsea: so what happens 2 your phone after they take it? because mine is like sooooooooooo expensive. i would be soooooooo mad if they lost it. my parents would freak!
Courtney: they take it 2 the office and the big bosses won't give it back til end of the day. but um maybe you shouldn't bring something that valuable to school?
Courtney: anyway, guess what else. can't use your cell at lunch anymore either.
Chelsea: no way no way no way! now what are we supposed 2 do at lunch?
Courtney: um, eat? study?
Courtney: anyway i talked 2 my mom 2 get her 2 demand my rights. but of course she thought the whole thing was a great idea. she said when she was a kid they used to pass notes but it didn't make you quote go into a trance and get callouses on your thumbs unquote.
Chelsea: notes? as in, writing? LOL
Courtney: so i said: mom. how else are we supposed to negotiate the intensely complex landscape that is adolescence, to figure out the intricate and delicate balance of precarious interpersonal teenage relationships, to develop character and become decent, interested and engaged human beings, unless we can text each other at least 8 hours a day?
Chelsea: points for excellent usage of parentalspeak! what did she say?
Courtney: she said: um, maybe talk to each other? maybe save most of your socializing for outside of actual class? maybe even do it face to face?
Chelsea: your mom. she is soooooooo funny!!!