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Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping

Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping

After a disabled special education child tried to record how bullies were tormenting him at school, the police in Pennslyvania responded by slapping him with the charge of felony wiretapping.

[UPDATE] The name of the teen has been revealed as Christian Stanfield. It’s said his physical condition has suffered from the stress and the bullying. Read the other article for the full story.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, some parents are angry over one school’s anti-bullying policy, claiming it specifically endorses a homosexual agenda. But when one bus driver was caught on video bullying a crying child, the resulting outcry had everyone angry.

Back in 2012, the Huffington Post documented the new trend of parents having their disabled children wiretapped based upon abuse from teachers and bullying students alike. Although some organizations like the National Autism Association “strongly suggest” using recording devices if they suspect a problem, others like the National Association of Special Education Teachers say that secret recordings are a bad idea based upon legal issues and the privacy rights of other children. In the worst case scenario, the children being bullied might themselves get in trouble under the law. Unfortunately, this is apparently exactly what happened.

The disabled boy in this new incident was not named specifically, but his mother’s name is Shea Love, and she did not demand that her son record what the bullies were allegedly doing to him. The 15-year-old boy was previously diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. The boy claims he was constantly being bullied at his school, and in order to prove to his mother that he “wasn’t lying” he decided to use his school-issued iPad to record the bullying:

“I was really having things like books slammed upside my head. I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

Unfortunately, the school also deleted the evidence off of the iPad, but Mrs. Love, who is an Air Force morse code operator, transcribed the seven-minute audio. The teacher in the classroom is heard attempting to help the boy with a math problem, and one of the bullies is heard saying, “You should pull his pants down!” Another bully replies, “No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t).” The teacher attempts to get the other students to settle down but then a loud sound is heard, which the boy claimed was the sound of a book being slammed down after one bully mimed hitting him in the head with it. As the boys laugh, the teacher yells at them and the guilty bully responds, “What? I was just trying to scare him!”

After Mrs. Love submitted the recorded evidence to the principal of South Fayette High School, the administrators called police, but not before they made the boy delete the recording. Lieutenant Robert Kurta then charged the boy with the crime of felony wiretapping because he made the recording in a place where there was an expectation of privacy. They then attempted to interrogate her “visibly distraught” son.

Although in court the charges were reduced to disorderly conduct, the boy was still found guilty on March 19, 2014. Although Pennsylvania is one of 12 states in America that require the consent of all parties when making a recording, Love’s lawyer argued that the recording served a legitimate purpose:

“We’ve shown that there’s a legitimate purpose for the recording. And there’s no physically offensive or hazardous condition that was created by this recording. I don’t see how a recording of students that are bullying my client could be physically offensive or dangerous to anyone, other than potentially the people that are bullying my client.”

The bullies in this case were never punished, although the boy’s parents plan on appealing the ruling on April 29 when he makes his next court appearance.

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108 Responses to “Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping”

  1. Joe Mosley

    I would be filing a lawsuit against the police department and the parents of the bullies.

  2. Eddie Rhodes

    Exactly. Those people are animals, and the fact that the school (not to mention the local government) is protecting them disgusts me to no end.

  3. Eddie Rhodes

    Exactly. Those people are animals, and the fact that the school (not to mention the local government) is protecting them disgusts me to no end.

  4. Chris Sampson

    This just makes my fucking blood boil. I'd like to follow this story. Hopefully the administration is fucking lynched for this (metaphorically).

  5. Ann Mathis

    That's right, Pa. protect the bullies, way to go. Show them they can keep doing this with no punishment. What happens when one of them children takes things to far, and we have another child hurt or worse. Wake up! I am ashamed to say I was born and raised there.

  6. Matt Vasbinder

    The headline just jerks at your heart, doesn't it? Until you read the actual story. This kid has ADHD and is considered disabled? No wonder there are so many people not working and just collecting SSI. Get off the bully train people, and get your kids off psychotropic drugs. ADHD is a false disorder. Parents need to actually parent their children rather than throw them on drugs because they don't pay attention, or they are energetic, or "bad", etc.

  7. Matt Vasbinder

    The headline just jerks at your heart, doesn't it? Until you read the actual story. This kid has ADHD and is considered disabled? No wonder there are so many people not working and just collecting SSI. Get off the bully train people, and get your kids off psychotropic drugs. ADHD is a false disorder. Parents need to actually parent their children rather than throw them on drugs because they don't pay attention, or they are energetic, or "bad", etc.

  8. Shane Higginbotham

    If they are going so far as to charge him with illegal wiretapping, then why stop there? Why not charge the bullies with felony assault and battery + hate crime against the disabled?

  9. Jeff Rodriguez

    Hey, I was just talking about problems with a monopoly of law…

  10. Patrick Frye

    While I'd agree that what you say can be an issue, it's entirely separate from whether or not someone recording the actions of bullies should be prosecuted legally. Even if you ignore the fact that these events took place in a special education math class, if what the accused is saying is anywhere close to reality then the police's response is based upon a major issue with the way the law is currently written.

  11. Matt Vasbinder

    Patrick Frye You know the police aren't here to protect anyone right? That are here to enforce the law according to the Barack Stalin, I mean Obama. Not saying it's right,.

  12. Matt Vasbinder

    Chris Sampson how am I being ignorant? You are apparently ignorant for not understanding what I am saying. Did I say that Barry made the law? No. What I did say is that Barry said the police are not for the protection of the people, but for the enforcement of the law (law being used in the plural rather than the singular sense). Please read and listen prior to calling people ignorant.

  13. Stacey Marie

    While I do agree that WAY to many people cry ADD & ADHD these days & even more over medicate their children…..the disorder is real. It's a chemical imbalance in the brain. I just don't think it effects as many children as parents claim.

  14. Aaron Zuggy Dean

    What I don't understand is how they were able to charge the kid with felony wiretapping in the first place. The recording is of bullies in a classroom taunting the student with other students and the teacher there. There shouldn't be any expectation of privacy to establish illegal wiretapping. I feel like someone powerful just wants this to go away instead of the school and law enforcement looking bad for not protecting a mentally disabled child.

  15. Carlos Konstanski

    For crissakes, pull the kid out of that school immediately. It isn't as if he's going to learn anything useful in such a place. What is the point of sending him there every day?

  16. Amy Miles

    Please tell me what ADHD has anything to do with bullying? You are going horribly off topic here to focus on an aspect that matters to no one. Even if the report was on a typical student and this occurred there is still a problem with the administration of the school. If there is bullying or any assault on a child and the teacher does not handle the problem it is a fault on the TEACHER. It cannot always be prevented or caught, but so many wonder why kids don't go to teachers when there are problems, because of this. And with the admin deleting the video….who's hiding what here? And why are they attempting to hide it?

  17. Matt Vasbinder

    Amy Miles let me read to you the headline,:"Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping". My points were to the fact that they try to get at you with this headline and make you feel sorry for this young fella because he has ADHD and claim that as a disability. I did not comment at all about the right or wrong of any personnel other than the fact that the police rightfully charged the kid with wiretap (recording without consent of those being recorded).

  18. Amy Miles

    Matt Vasbinder No I was able to read the headline just fine but it's your personal feeling that he shouldn't have this title because to many it's a made up disorder. However, regardless of your feelings, you still back the officers decisions to charge the kid. ADHD is real on records and to Doctors regardless of how you feel. So to speak on what was rightful or not is a personal opinion that contradicts. There are two "facts" here, the child was diagnosed with ADHD (regardless if you believe it's real) and the officer had grounds to charge. So whether you CHOOSE to recognize the disorder it is still fact in the medical world, whether you like it or not. Therefore the headline is correct.

  19. David Kippenhan

    "… in a place where there was an expectation of privacy."

    In a public school classroom? Who are these morons? All logic out the window.

  20. Zachary Matthess

    no metaphor required..this is why school shooting happen, school and the law do nothing, only natural to take matters into your own hands

  21. Adam Bell

    Are you kidding me? Where is the federal court on this bullshit?

    LAND OF THE FREE (TO BULLY DISABLED CHILDREN AND GET THEM IN TROUBLE FOR TRYING TO STOP IT)!

  22. Adam Bell

    Matt Vasbinder "Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping". I don't know about you, but with or without 'disabled' the headline is still really messed up. Reading the story its even worse, as the kid is 15 and being charged with a FELONY while attempting to do exactly what you're told to do growing up if you're being bullied. People like to bitch about how the economy, president, bureaucrats, military, and tons of other things are wrong with this country. But this story, again whether the kid being disabled is even taken into account, is absolutely disgusting.

  23. Matt Vasbinder

    Adam Bell and all others. I never said what was happening to this kid was right. I am with you that it's BS. That and him being disabled (though he is not ADHD is not a disability. It's a crutch.) aside, this whole "bullying" phase in America needs to end. Adam, if this kids was told to record bullies picking on him then I am with you. I, for one, was told to lay them out. Same as a lot of generations before me. You didn't see any predecessor generations bitching about bullying did you, so there's the answer. This kid wasn't disabled. He should have picked the biggest kid there and knocked him square on his ass. Guaranteed no one would mess with him again. Sure he would have got in trouble because the schools are run by left wing pansies nowadays, but I'd trade 3 days suspension for respect and the freedom of fear any day, wouldn't you.

  24. Matt Vasbinder

    Adam Bell and all others. I never said what was happening to this kid was right. I am with you that it's BS. That and him being disabled (though he is not ADHD is not a disability. It's a crutch.) aside, this whole "bullying" phase in America needs to end. Adam, if this kids was told to record bullies picking on him then I am with you. I, for one, was told to lay them out. Same as a lot of generations before me. You didn't see any predecessor generations bitching about bullying did you, so there's the answer. This kid wasn't disabled. He should have picked the biggest kid there and knocked him square on his ass. Guaranteed no one would mess with him again. Sure he would have got in trouble because the schools are run by left wing pansies nowadays, but I'd trade 3 days suspension for respect and the freedom of fear any day, wouldn't you.

  25. Matt Vasbinder

    I'll comment on the situation here. The school should be held liable that this kid was able to make such a recording. There are ACLs (Access Control Lists), group policies, and other forms of security of locking the "school issued" iPad down. By not doing so their technology that they provided was not in accordance with state/federal law.

    However, this did happen, and as such I feel there are two sides to this. While the privacy rights of those kids recorded were violated, so were this kid's unalienable rights (freedom of fear, freedom from harm). This kid has a legitimate case against those involved, but only if the teacher will testify on his behalf. Without the teacher it is he said/she said and nothing will ever come of it.

    Then they file a separate suit against the school for evidence tampering. I mean this is all within their right, just as it was within the right of the police to charge this kid with wiretap.

    Unfortunately, he can't charge the police with anything (like everyone on here is wanting his family to do). The police were fully in their right to charge him with wiretap.

    The one fact missing here however, is if the principle made this kid delete the recording, how could the police charge him without the school requesting that he be charged. Without the actual recording there is no evidence against this kid, and thus no case.

    If he can't use it in his case against the bullies, then the police/school can't use it to get a conviction on wiretap. However, it would seem that he was plead to a more minor charge of disorderly conduct, so he plead guilty I'd imagine already to that, so there's no going back now.

    I should have been a lawyer.

  26. Christopher Dyson

    Matt Vasbinder ADHD is a mental disability. And yes many parents today are self diagnosing their children with ADHD or ADD but without further information we cannot say if this is true in this case, it is not however a false disorder. We are way off topic here when the focus should be on the fact that disability or not, this child was/is being bullied and nothing was done to stop this, the child didn't hit back, he sought to prove what was going on and now he is being punished for it. That is injustice and that is what we should be talking about, not about the semantics of the title of this article nor about ADHD and whether it is a real disorder or not.

  27. Shaun Hutchinson

    First of all, the article states that the boy was diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder (essentially a learning disability that makes language comprehension difficult), ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. More than likely, he's in a special education class because of the comprehension disorder. Second, I'm glad that your work in a data center makes you qualified to know that ADHD isn't a "real" disorder and that parents of children with ADHD need to just parent them more. Ignorant people like you who dismiss mental disorders despite not actually being qualified to do so are the reason there's such a stigma surrounding mental health.

  28. Kayle Owens

    Because the evidence that would provoke an investigation was collected illegally. The part that gets me is where the guy said there is a "reasonable expectation of privacy." This is a public school and all these kids have signed documents that say they can be videotaped by the school. This isn't a case of there being a reasonable expectation of privacy, but a case of a kid undermining insufficient security measures that the school had the right to practice, but wasn't.

  29. Kayle Owens

    Because the evidence that would provoke an investigation was collected illegally. The part that gets me is where the guy said there is a "reasonable expectation of privacy." This is a public school and all these kids have signed documents that say they can be videotaped by the school. This isn't a case of there being a reasonable expectation of privacy, but a case of a kid undermining insufficient security measures that the school had the right to practice, but wasn't.

  30. Kayle Owens

    Matt Vasbinder ADHD is probably the least of the three they listed and you are making it into his primary condition. ADHD, imo, is usually something that comes along with something else. When it doesn't, I agree that it is generally over-exaggeration and the kid can usually cope with it through a reliable routine of discipline and encouragement. But when it does, you usually need to spend time looking at those other symptoms, because usually ADHD is only diagnosed at that level because the severe amount of agitation and activity that the other ailments, such as the anxiety, makes the condition a much more important and difficult element to control.

    As far as the wiretapping being illegal, it isn't a chargeable offense. It was a public school, so the kid shouldn't be held under the criteria that there was a reasonable expectation of privacy when the kids signed a document that says they can be recorded on school grounds (admittedly, by school personnel, but I think that should remove the expectation of privacy,) and the kid didn't try to criminally charge anybody, instead trying to show his mom. There is no reason why this recording should be considered illegal, and the only real crime is that the administrators deleted the EVIDENCE before the cops got there. But they'll ignore that, of course.

  31. Patrick Tate

    No. Ultra-conservative extremists like you are the problem with this country. Where do you get off blaming the victim here? What if he was physically incapable(like most people in the world) of "knocking the biggest kid on his ass"? Have you ever thought about anything you've ever said before you said it? You should be ashamed of yourself.

  32. Derick Sizemore

    This is one of the most ignorant and close minded posts I've ever read. You aren't even addressing the real issue. I'm sure his "fake disorder" caused him to be bullied.

  33. Elvis Fernandez

    That's what you get out of this article, Matt Vasbinder? A chance at some asinine republican political statement? This is exactly why the kid who got books slammed on his head was then found guilty for trying to find someone to help him. People like you.

  34. Sco'tt Anderson

    Matt Vasbinder Never mind. I see you brought politics into it. You're going to be one of those "drop and run" parents if you aren't already.

  35. Lana Goldina

    This Makes my fucking blood boil as well. These spoiled ass kids use their phones and i pads and whatever new shit they think they are entitled to, and one distraught kid uses it to protect himself and get the scum of the earth away from him and our law enforcement does that to him? F*** YOu to the police, to the kids, to the school….I would sue them all.

  36. Michael Filo

    Carlos Konstanski The government will put his parents in jail if they cannot afford a private school.

  37. Carlos Konstanski

    I don't believe that. I personally know quite a few home-school families.

  38. Michael Filo

    Carlos Konstanski Homeschooling isn't free either. If a parent can't get the time off to homeschool it's not a possibility. And as with the current law, they go to jail if their son doesn't go to school, even if this is the only realistic option for them.

  39. Gordon MacDonald

    Isn't the deletion of evidence obstruction of justice (?)

  40. Pamela Oldham

    That is so missed up he should not have charges on him but the ones bulling him need a good ole switching on ther ass ss for my language thatz BS if we could spank a child these days like we used to get the schools would be.safer place

  41. Terri LaPoint

    This is so wrong. Looks like parents in PA need to work on changing the law!

  42. Sue Husband Killgore

    Matt, where did you get your degree? You have no idea about mental disorders and should not pretend that you do.
    It is people like you who create the bullies that harassed this kid. Aren't you proud?

  43. Tony Maa

    When will people learn, stop bullying through force by your own means, doing shit like telling teachers doesn't do anything.

  44. Terri LaPoint

    This is so wrong. Looks like parents in PA need to work on changing the law!

  45. Donna Stephens

    do you have a child with ADHD because it sure doesn't sound like it you don't know what you're talking about there is all kinds of degrees of ADHD. and it usually goes hand in hand with autism

  46. Charity Arndt

    Appeal yes and then sue the school the kids doing the bullying the parents and the police department for failure to protect the child. They just basically said that bullying that child was ok and if he tries to defend himself he will be punished. It's no wonder things r the way they are.

  47. Randy Spencer Sr.

    if they made him erase the recording then school should be charged with tampering with evidence or all charges should be dropped since they don't have proof he recorded anything

  48. Jennifer St. Jude

    Horrible injustice!!! Grow up and become a lawyer

  49. Brandon Schneeweis

    When the NSA spies on 300 million people without a warrant, it's for our safety, but when a disabled boy is getting books slammed against his head and nothing is getting done, it's a fucking felony? Welcome to the good ol' USA!

  50. Trina Alderson

    Matt Vasbinder
    Let's start with the "bad" iyw, AD(H)D *IS* recognized as an official and REAL mental disorder.

    Now for the GOOD;

    I totally agree with you on this statement:

    "……..this whole "bullying" phase in America needs to end. Adam, if this kids was told to record bullies picking on him then I am with you. I, for one, was told to lay them out. Same as a lot of generations before me. You didn't see any predecessor generations bitching about bullying did you, so there's the answer. …"

    Let the facts show that this issue of bullying -sp?- has spun itself way outta control since the adoption of "Let's talk our problems out instead of resorting to violence to solve this problem" Whatever is done to the bullied, by the bullier should be dished right back at the bully!! For ex, Your child hits my child, my child has the right to hit your child back…in such a way that your child will never hit mine again!

    I'm thinking on signing my child up for MMA Self-Defense training. Hence for if someone were to get nasty with my child, my child can defend and protect her/imself.

    btw, I'm a victim of school supported bullying. ( from K-12th grade). In those 13yrs, I've experienced and learned that talking does no good. Retaliotory knockdowns sting and are remembered more! };^D)

  51. Darcy Baxter

    I hope his parents remove him from that school and find an alternative educational plan. Obviously, it's not a safe learning environment for him, which means it is NOT a learning environment. Kids don't learn in unsafe environments. It might be that if they found an alternative (small private school or home school), this child would have a chance to blossom.

  52. Carey Mitchell

    Matt Vasbinder The article clearly states "The 15-year-old boy was previously diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder", yet somehow you choose to only see ADHD. READING IS FUNDAMENTAL! And even if it was only ADHD, what information/data/research do you have, to which the rest of us is not privy that it is *not* to be considered a disabilty? You had one purpose: to spew Anti-Obama/government bs. We get it…now stfd (sit the …down)

  53. Michele Ervin

    That poor kid. It is sad when a child cant protect themselves in school nor will the teachers protect them. This school should be reported to the school board. And I would find a way to sue everyone involved.

  54. Joe Mosley

    When I was a boy,back in the '50's,3 boys at school began to pick on me.After about 9 months,I snapped. I went after the ringleader.The other 2 ran like rabbits.I had to be pulled off of him.Today,I would probably have been thrown in jail.But after that,I never had any problems.I simply had enough,and did what I had to do.

  55. Claire Sheehan

    err whats that got to do with him being called names and hit with books, and living in fear…maybe someone should shake you about a bit every day and everyone can say..it serves him right hes a pr*** anyway.

  56. Andrew Rhodes

    I guess this is the "morality" of the state of Pennsylvania considering the state wanted to endorse the "Year of the bible".

    A Pennsylvania school teacher who, apparently, took NO real action against those who were verbally and mentally abusing the student.

    A Pennsylvania school principal who ALSO took NO action against those who were verbally and mentally abusing the student.

    A Pennsylvania school principal who called the police and had the victim arrested for gathering evidence of abuse and wanted the victim in jail.

    A Pennsylvania school faculty who covered up verbal and mental abuse of a student by destroying evidence of the abuse.

    Pennsylvania police officers who actually followed through with the arrest of the victim of abuse on fraudulent charges to cover up the abuse further.

    A Pennsylvania DA who followed through to take the victim of abuse to court to further cover up the abuse suffered by the student.

    A Pennsylvania judge who found the victim guilty to further cover up the abuse and add further abuse to the victim, thereby endorsing the prior abuse all levels this student has suffered.

    Yep, THERE'S the "morality" of Pennsylvania for you. Says a LOT about the religion that the state wanted to hold in such high regard as well.

  57. Anne Rudzinski Dalton

    hmmm correct me if i'm wrong but there's a case to be made for whether the child even fully comprehended the legal extent of his actions, if you look into mens rea I think there's a fairly good case for arguing that the child had no intent to get others in trouble or to invade privacy but instead wanted proof to show his mother. That being said, the next time a PUBLIC school wants to use the excuse of it being a public school and therefor there is no expectation of privacy in terms of lockers and such……….I hope this one comes back and bites them in the ass

  58. Felicia Mason

    As an adult with ADD raising a child with ADHD, I truly disagree with your diagnose of this disorder Matt Vasbinder. There was a time in my life where I thought the same thing until I took a hard look at some of my difficulties were. I have had to relearn how to focus my attentions to accomplish my goals however for children it is not as easy and during the time in which they are learning this they do need assistance in focusing. Is every case a true case of Add/ADHD… no absolutely not… are some people abusing this situation to get the children to be out ot their way… absolutely but to sum it all up in the box you chose to use is not true nor fair for those that suffer from this situation. Please do research in regards to what this disorder is all about instead of making comments that have no scientific background. Other than that I think that your comments are right on point… Please have a wonderful day!

  59. Dominic Marcello

    Is it not a crime in Pennsylvania to destroy evidence of a crime? Shouldn't the people at the school who destroyed the recording be charged with obstruction?

  60. Dominic Marcello

    Kayle Owens " all these kids have signed documents that say they can be videotaped by the school" Really? The schools in Pennsylvania get minors to sign legally binding contracts?

  61. Kayle Owens

    Dominic Marcello Alright, correction: The parents signed the document. Does that obvious correction make it better? Without such an agreement, you couldn't make yearbooks, you couldn't have your school published in the paper, you couldn't send out Christmas cards that had a photo of the whole class, etc. Any kid at a public school has already had their privacy signed away, so the "reasonable" expectation of privacy is bullshit.

  62. Valerie Hoagland

    I read comments about, "petitioning WhiteHouse.gov" and also "higher courts / alternate lawsuits." I hope this news story is not the last we hear of this issue… This needs to set anti-bullying president, that video is "self-defense." This poor boy did the right thing! He did not bring a gun or a knife to school to defend himself. He did this as peacefully and civilly, as he could.

  63. Sonofthunder Boanerges

    Folks this is NOT wiretapping! WIREtapping is for telephones and Internet. You can video or audio record anyone in a public venue that you like without notifying them. But on the telephone you most certainly do have to do that. This kid was simply messing around with his iPad and recorded the teacher and the kids in the classroom harassing and assaulting him. No expectation of privacy is indicated as it was a PUBLIC school in a classroom which probably had a CCTV camera in the corner of the ceiling for security purposes.

    IMO the only reason why they forced him to delete his video (which is still on the iPad by the way awaiting undelete), and then THEY pressed charges forcing the South Fayette Police to arrest him, was a classic case of C.Y.A. That means "cover your a**" so the parents could not bring civil litigation against the school board. The judge did reduce the charge as he saw how silly it was, but he couldn't just let him go,

    Disorderly conduct charge will be appealed as the kid was not capable of that type of willful misconduct in his state of mind & body, They can also undelete the video and offer it as evidence to the appellant court. And they should bring civil litigation charges that the teacher lost control of her class and put the boy's safety in jeopardy. Also they intimidated him through coercion to delete his own damning evidence which was his property. He should have refused to do it.

    Security is also too lax at that school. It needs to be exposed so they can fix it.

  64. Sonofthunder Boanerges

    No Kayle probably meant their PARENTS had to sign for them… But Kayle is 100% correct on what he said. South Fayette does have video surveillance system ever since the Newtown Connecticut incident. And the police chief misapplied that new PA wiretapping law. It's for anything with a "wire" – duh! iPad cameras are not on a wire nor the Internet. Why the parent's attorney is using that instead of the flimsy defense he is using is remarkable. Must be re-election season in South Fayette PA… I wonder what the mayor and the governor have to say about this?

  65. Sonofthunder Boanerges

    No they did not destroy it. They coerced the kid to do it himself. I would have said NO WAY DUDE… Not until my mom and dad hear it first! So back off! Evidently mom did hear it and transcribed it somehow. She's a USAF "Morse-code operator"? WTH is that?

  66. Sonofthunder Boanerges

    OK I did some more background research. It appears that what I said above may in fact be the case. It is evident that SF Township is a close-knit small town America which everybody knows everybody. The school board does not want to be sued as this much not be their first time with anti-bullying problems. That is made even worse by the fact that the actual bullies may in fact be the kids of the faculty, administrators, police department, the mayor, and even the judge herself. This would give the bullies a false sense of entitlement and protection.

    Mrs. Love needs to think about pursing civil litigation as there is clear evidence of injury (mental, physical, and potentially future financial). Her lawyer should be ramping up for this now collecting statements and affidavits from eye-witnesses. Her son's case will be overturned on appeal April 29th as "disorderly conduct" was not indicated and he should not have done Saturday detention.

    The real culprit was the PA DA who recommended charges to the SFPD Lt. He did not interpret the law correctly. If the child wants to wear Google Glasses now he can legally (you can sign up for free). It will video/audio record his daily life and stream it to a webserver for all to see. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy at SFHS. They have signed waivers on file stating that SFHS can video record (no audio) students in common areas, hallways, and classrooms and they do for security and civil litigation reasons.

    Teachers need to be instructed on anti-bullying tactics. They need to ignore bully's VIP parents and report it to Principal without fear of retribution. The video from the classroom that day needs to be subpoenaed if they have not erased it yet. Ms. Love needs to go to the local APPLE STORE and see if they can recover that audio file on the iPad. That way the teacher can be forced into identifying the names of those students to see if their parents are SF Township VIPs in this case.

    The judge and the DA need to be informed by the PA Governor that the "wiretapping law" does not apply here and that the minor can CONTINUE to video and audio record at will. If the child needs to inform everyone he can simply file a letter to the school board that he intends to continue recording and that they need to notify the other students officially. He could also tell the bullies and teachers "This is to legally inform you that I am recording you for the specific reason to protect my safety." And he can do it with his SF School Board approved iPad! Then immediately email it to mom so they can not coerce him to erase it again. Mom will have a copy which she can forward to her attorney.

  67. Jason Melissinos

    Expectation of privacy??? They're in a classroom in front of other people doing this!! They obviously weren't too concerned about keeping it private then to do it in a classroom with other witnesses. Another example of the bullies being coddled, and the victims remain victims… Damn sad…

  68. Kimberly Parrish

    some schools my children attended in missouri had us parents sign consent forms (especially the schools of the arts) just in case they did something and the media or someone else came out to record something going on at the school. it wouldn't surprise me if most schools had the same consent form but people may not have payed attention it it in the other school papers they sign when registering their child. BUT either way those people and authorities need to be dealt with for allowing the bullying to continue

  69. Cami Baker Curiel

    If you can go through a kid's locker looking for weapon's or drugs, how is there then a reasonable expectation of privacy? The district and the police are perpetuating an atmosphere of violence. This is how school shootings happen. These kids get fed up with being targets but it's always the innocent kids that end up dead. This all starts with the parents of the bullies. Hit them with a civil suit with punitive damages. Losing money because you raised your kid to be an asshole will send more of a message to them then putting the little pricks in jail. Jail will just make them meaner. If it costs the parents money, I guarantee they'll control these monsters better.

  70. Cami Baker Curiel

    The lesson here is to use your own phone to video tape the next time you're getting the shit knocked out of you. As soon as you get home, post it on YouTube, Face Book, Twitter and make sure your parents have a copy. That way if you go to jail for illegal wiretapping, the assholes will be on every social network site in America within a few hours and it will all be worth it.

  71. Hannah Wallen

    I'm curious why the administrators who made the boy delete the recording aren't being charged with destroying evidence.

  72. Dan Tolbert

    IT IS TIME FOR AMERICANS TO START VIGILANTE JUSTICE AGAINST THE LEFT, THE PERPS, THEIR LAWYERS. & LIBERAL JUDGES, UNTIL AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM IS FIXED CORRECTLY.

  73. Darcy Baxter

    Jason, is there ever a qualification for recording someone if you are being endangered or intimidated by them?

  74. Jason Wilson

    Darcy Baxter In the few states that require all parties consent to record; legally I don't believe so! Morally there probably should be. Regardless, the school really mucked up on this one (IMO). Hopefully other parents are also raising this up and getting policies changed, and the parents of the poor kid get the decision reversed in court, will be something that gets channeled to a higher court for sure.

  75. Darcy Baxter

    I hope so. In my experience, certain kids get let off the hook, while other kids get all the bad treatment.

  76. Clayton Stretch

    some kids/teachers in schools deserve to be shot, i wouldnt have a problem with school shootings as long as its only the bullies and the teachers who do nothing that get shot :)

  77. Cristina Louise Begley

    Dominic Marcello . every school has parents sign documents so they can videotape and take pictures of all students and put them in newspapers.. so yes.. parents give permission..

  78. Kayle Owens

    Michael Filo It's about as free as public school is. They have homeschooling programs that are run publicly and don't have enrollment costs. I graduated from one that serves the whole of California.

  79. Vincent Vanterpool

    Actually, since the boy was prosecuted for the recording, then the recording is considered evidence of the crime. Hence, deleting said "evidence of a crime" is illegal under law. They can't have it both ways (well, they can and often do because the district attorney decides what and who he will prosecute).

  80. David Long

    So lets get this right, kid tries to do something to end the bullying and instead gets arrested. Yeah, cause that will show them bullies who boss. Way to go police, nice job protecting the guilty and arresting the innocent. Also "he made the recording in a place where there was an expectation of privacy" are they fucking joking? Its a school for crying out loud, if they wanted privacy maybe they should go live under a rock without electronics.

  81. Şëån Herz

    Matt Vasbinder you mean like bush 2 protected osama all those years ?

    HE ACTUALLY HAD osamas family escorted to a private airbase on 9.11 via secret service to get them out of the country … inside edition did a story on it …

    DONT blame obama cus he wasnt the asshole who shut down the government or sold our nation out.

    INDI btw