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Johnstown students learn of texting’s dangers

Driving simulator gives experience of how they could kill

Emily Munson, a senior at Johnstown High School, attempts to write a two-line text message while driving down a virtual street during Thursday's Arrive Alive demonstration.
Emily Munson, a senior at Johnstown High School, attempts to write a two-line text message while driving down a virtual street during Thursday's Arrive Alive demonstration.
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The students of Johnstown High School are prolific texters. They probably don’t use cellphones any more than students of other schools, but according to Principal Michael Beatty, texting rivals actual speech at the high school as a form of teenage communication. “They can’t use their phones during the school day,” he said, “but just stand outside a classroom when that last bell rings and observe. Every kid is looking down at their phones.” The practice ...

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