Mom allegedly attacks school official after daughter not allowed cell phone

Technically Incorrect: India is another place where the idea of kids having cell phones at schools is controversial. A school releases video footage of a very unhappy parent.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Is a cell phone worth a fight? HT Punjab/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I have long been fascinated by how technology is taking education into a new era of, well, cheery conflict.

Students use tech to cheat. Yes, even at Harvard. But one area of particular distress has been students who bring their cell phones to class and simply don't bother listening to their teachers.

In April, a Philadelphia school principal stumbled into a filmed contretemps with a parent who demanded that the school give him his daughter's cell phone back. The school had confiscated it and said it would keep it for some weeks.

Now footage from India has emerged, in which a mom is allegedly so upset that her daughter wasn't allowed to have her cell phone at school that she attacks school director Jyoti Nagrani.

The Hindustan Times reports that the school itself released the footage. Recorded in Jalandhar, the footage appears to show a physical confrontation, in which both parties end up using, well, slaps and one attempts what appears to be strangulation.

The upset parent was reported to be Taranjit Kaur Hundal, the wife of a local lawyer. A so-called First Information Report has been leveled against her by the police, charging her with house trespass in order to commit offense punishable with imprisonment and house trespass after preparation to hurt, assault or wrongful restraint."

The school is reportedly trying to pursue an action for attempted murder.

All this over a cell phone?

It's odd to think that in the days before cell phones, parents trusted not only schools, but local environments for the safety of their kids.

In a recent appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher," writer Dave Barry said that when he used to go out and play near local water, his mom would lean out the window and shout: "Don't drown, kids." To which he would reply: "We won't."

Has the world become so much more monstrously insecure that kids need to be on the end of a cell phone at all times? Or has our obsession with technology driven us to believe that life without a cell phone isn't life at all?