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Teen convicted of disorderly conduct for using iPad to record bullies tormenting him
A Pennsylvania mother whose learning-disabled son was convicted
of disorderly conduct for recording his bullies while they tormented
him demanded the judge reverse decision and the school district
Shea Love wondered why the school district contacted the police to
discuss a violation of wiretap statutes instead of confronting the
students who were bullying her son, a sophomore at South Fayette High
School with attention deficit and an anxiety disorder.
“The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare,” Love told the Tribune-Review. “This whole ordeal has made my son miserable.”
On the recording — which the 15-year-old made on his iPad —
one student can be heard telling another to pull Love’s son’s pants
down. The teacher can be heard intervening, telling the students that
they need to stop talking if their discussion isn’t about math.
A few minutes later, a loud slam can be heard, followed by the
teacher telling students to sit down. “What? I was just trying to scare
him,” one of the boys can be heard saying.
The 15-year-old said he made the recording “because I always felt like it wasn’t me being heard.”
“I wanted some help,” he continued. “This wasn’t just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”
Upon learning of the recording, South Fayette High School principal
Scott Milburn and assistant principal Aaron Skrbin contacted Lieutenant
Robert Kurta, asking that he come to the school because he believed
there had been “a wiretapping incident.”
School district officials forced the student to erase the recording
and ordered him to attend Saturday detention. Kurta charged him with
disorderly conduct, but didn’t believe that the incident warranted a
felony wiretapping charge, though according to court records, he was
adamant the student had “committed a crime.”
South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet found the student guilty, fined him $25 and ordered him to pay court costs.
The Tribune-Review attempted to contact both principal
Milburn and assistant principal Skrbin to inquire as to the fate of the
bullies heard in the recording, but they have not returned any phone