Just read this thread...I can't be certain, I don't care to elaborate why I think this, but I'm pretty sure I was in the room when the incident involving "sofie" occurred. However, there are a few differences in how we remember the event. I didn't complain to LSAC about what happened during during the test, but almost everyone else I talked to did complain. Whatever happened, it was disturbing and distracting enough that probably a third of the people in that room canceled their scores.
This is how I remember things:
First, when the directions were being given the proctors were interrupted several times by this weird, loud, static-y/electronic noise. They stopped to look for the noise, couldn't find it, and then continued with the directions. Then, right before the test started, a girl in the room suddenly said, "Oh I have my cell phone, but it's off." And the proctors said it was fine, they took it, and they put it on the podium at the front of the room. Several people I've spoken to remember some mention of a phone, rather than a music player. That's probably where the cell phone complaints are coming from. That being said, it didn't ring. The sound was more like a really static sounding intercom meeting a bad dial up connection. It was weird and distracting.
The noise happened again during the first section of the test on and off for 5-10 minutes before the girl again spoke up and said , "I'm sure if you take it [my electronic item] out of the room that noise will stop." This may be a coincidence, but once the item was removed from the room, we didn't have anymore noise issues. At the time, It seemed likely to a lot of people that the device was causing some sort of static interference with the intercom/microphone/ electronics in the room.
I think the main issue here is that she sort of called attention to herself as the source of the problem (regardless of whether this is actually the case) and the noise stopped after her electronic device (whatever it may have been) was removed from the test center. Our school is fairly small, and so if I had to guess, I'm betting that even though the proctors didn't know who she was and did not write her up, the numerous people who complained probably gave the LSAC her name, and given the large quantity of complaints (I know for a fact there were tons) they probably felt they had to do something about it, hence the hold/misconduct investigation on "sofie's" end.
It's honestly a rough situation all around, and it sucks to be on both sides of the issue.