Entrepreneur Keeps Teachers from Taking Away Students Cellphones

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When I was a kid, teachers would confiscate all kinds of stuff from unruly students. Knives, radios, yo-yos, you name it. If a kid could buy it, chances are that there was at least one of them in every teachers’ junk drawer.

Today, in the age of cellphones, having your property confiscated by the teacher is a bit more expensive. One enterprising Bronx man has started a business to prevent teachers from taking away students’ cellphones:

School bans on cell phones are dialing dollars for one savvy entrepreneur.

Vernon Alcoser has cornered the mobile market at two Bronx schools, where students pay $1 a day to keep their cell phones in the trucks he parks nearby.

“It’s better than trying to sneak your phone in,” said Tatyana James, a freshman at Herbert H. Lehman High School who pays Alcoser’s company, Pure Loyalty Electronic Device Storage, to baby-sit her BlackBerry during class.

As far as Alcoser knows, his phone storage trucks are the city’s first. Parked across from Lehman on E. Tremont Ave. and DeWitt Clinton High School on Mosholu Parkway, they serve more than 700 students each day.

“It makes the students and parents feel better to know their phones are safe,” said Alcoser, 38, a correction officer who lives on Webb Ave. in the Bronx.

The city Department of Education banned electronic devices in 1998, cracking down on cell phones in 2005, said spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.

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