The New York Times reports that city schools have long banned cellphone use within school buildings. However, many parents say that schools without metal detectors have had an unofficial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, where phones are permitted, as long as they don't ring during class. Cellphones are described as the urban parent's "umbilical cord," in that they allow them to connect with their children on the bus, as they emerge from subways, travel across the boroughs, etc. However, the city has begun random security searches at middle and high schools, which have set off a furor....

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