Special Ed Student Threatened With Felony For Recording Himself Being Bullied
April 14, 2014 2:53pm PST
This one really takes the cake. A special education student who recorded himself being bullied on his iPad was consequently threatened with felony wiretapping charges.
The 15-year-old Pennsylvania sophomore did not record the bullying with malicious intent. He did it after numerous attempts to report the cruel behavior of the other students went unanswered by his teacher.
In a time when bullying has become the focus of such hot criticism, it is deplorable that a teacher would ignore a legitimate report of it, especially against a learning impaired student.
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The young man, who has not been named, showed the footage to his mother, who in turn brought it to the attention of school principle, Scott Milburn. As you read the below account of what was contained in the recording, you will see why she had cause to be incredibly upset.
“According to [the student’s mother], as the teacher is heard attempting to help her son with a math problem, a student says, ‘You should pull his pants down!’ Another student replies, ‘No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t).’ As the recording continues, the teacher instructs the classroom that they may only talk if it pertains to math.
Shortly thereafter, a loud noise is heard on the recording, which her son explained was a book being slammed down next to him after a student pretended to hit him in the head with it. When the teacher yells, the student exclaims, ‘What? I was just trying to scare him!’ A group of boys are heard laughing.”
Anyone who reads this unsettling description would feel bad for the poor special needs child. Anyone, that is, except the principle. He immediately confiscated the iPad and turned it over to local authorities. This in spite of the fact that the iPad was an approved device for the boy to use at school.
Although there is a policy at the school which states that those students who report being bullied will receive no retribution, the police informed the student and his mother that because he made the recording in a facility where there is assumed privacy, he could be charged with felony wiretapping charges.
We’re not sure what the police meant about the boy’s school being an environment of assumed privacy. There are countless people who watch your every move at a public high school and most schools have security cameras nowadays, so it’s not as if the boy videotaped another student in the privacy of their own home.
Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. The boy was taken to court where a boneheaded judge actually convicted him of disorderly conduct. The teen’s lawyers will appeal that verdict on April 29.
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The only disorderly conduct that occurred here was on the part of the students who tortured this poor child on a daily basis, but none of them have been punished in the least.
How is it that the Obama Administration gets caught red-handed spying on American citizens and absolutely no consequences are named, but this little boy was charged with disorderly conduct after he was the victim? It’s completely ludicrous.
Tell us how you feel about this repot in a comment below. We’re on the side of the little boy who was bullied and took a stand. His principle, the police, and that idiot judge can all take a long walk off a short pier.
H/T: Daily Caller
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