Cell Coverage at School Seen As Safety Issue

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School needs cell phone coverage to give students a link to the outside world in the event of a tragedy, according to Rob Liebow, superintendent of the MDI Regional School System (MDI RSS).


“Having cell phone service is a huge safety issue,” he told high school trustees at a meeting.

He didn’t specifically mention the shootings at Columbine High School or Virginia Tech, but those were clearly the types of incidents he had in mind when he said, “Every time one of those events has happened – and God forbid it ever happens here – cell phones have been extremely important in … parents knowing where their kids are and that they are safe. Because the minute something like this happens, people scatter.”

The high school, on Eagle Lake Road, is in one of MDI’s cell phone “dead zones.”

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