cell phone text message

We know it's a little macabre for a Thursday (or any day really), but what's up with these crazies flipping out over consumer electronics in our fair city? This poor 17 year old kid Robert Bell actually got his thumb hacked off with a machete because some Bronx high school students mistakenly believed he'd swiped one of their cellphones. What, was that whole thing supposed to be poetic justice so he'll never text again, or something?