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March 28, 2014

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Dear Abby: You have addressed cellphone etiquette in your column before, but in this day and age, it bears repeating.

We attended a meeting for parents and students last night at our child’s high school. Inevitably, a cellphone rang, which can happen to anyone. The ring was quickly silenced.

A few minutes later, another cellphone started ringing. Rather than mute it, the parent answered it and proceeded to have a conversation during the meeting while a school staff person was making a presentation. It wasn’t a long conversation, but it wasn’t quiet either. The parent was sitting in the back row — he could have easily slipped out to have this “important” conversation.

Thanks for letting me vent. It was extremely annoying and rude. Now I know why his son has no common sense.

Annoyed In Iowa

Dear Annoyed: At most events, an announcement is made beforehand that cellphones should be turned off. If there is an interruption, an experienced speaker will pause until the interruption ceases. From your letter, I assume that isn’t what happened last night.

Children learn manners and common sense by watching their parents. If consideration for others isn’t modeled for them, they don’t learn it.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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