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Bronx Students Take Stand Against Dangerous Texting
Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 05:00 AM
Teens from one Bronx high school are trying to get the message out that driving and texting don't mix.
Sophia Martinez, a junior at the Collegiate Institute of Math and Science, stood with dozens of classmates off Pelham Parkway with signs saying "save lives, don't text." She said her boyfriend got into a minor car crash while texting recently.
"He was actually texting me," the 16-year-old said. "And I felt really bad afterward, I was like it's my fault, if he had died it would've been my fault."
Thankfully, she said he was not hurt. The students came up with the idea with their art teacher, Larry Minetti, and got community leaders to join them including City Councilman James Vacca and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and AT&T.;
Senior Taniqua Johnson, 19, said spring is a good time to spread awareness about the dangers of texting. "A lot of people in high school are now getting their [drivers] license."