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Jim Suhr, Associated Press
In this Dec. 15, 2011 photo, several cars sit parked outside of John F. Hodge High School in St. James, Mo. The school continues mourning the August 2010 death of 15-year-old marching band member Jessica Brinker in a freeway pileup involving two of the school district's buses. Investigators say the driver who began the chain-reaction accident was texting in the moments before the wreck, and federal transportation officials are keying on the accident as reason for their call for all states to ban cell phone use while driving.

ST. JAMES, Mo. — Young people in one Missouri town understand the quest by a federal agency to outlaw any use of cellphones by drivers, even as the push has met significant resistance elsewhere.

Dozens of band students from St. James were on two school buses involved in a 2010 crash that spurred the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board. That pileup southwest of St. Louis was the result of texting by a 19-year-old pickup truck driver who died in the wreck, Daniel Schatz.

A student on one bus, 15-year-old Jessica Brinker, also was killed. Her former classmates say the horrific scene was enough to convince them that texting and driving are a bad combination. Some have stopped using their phones at all while behind the wheel.