A high school Sophomore, who has learning disabilities, could not get any help with the other kids that were allegedly bullying him. He decided to do things on his own so he made an audio recording of the bullying, but things ended up backfiring and he was threatened with felony wiretapping, according to AATTP on April 11, 2014.
After being threatened with the charges of wiretapping, school administrators agreed to reduce the unnamed boy's sentence, and on March 19, 2014, he was charged with disorderly conduct.
The incident happened at South Fayette High School in McDonald, PA.
Shea Love and her son testified in front of District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet that he had been repeatedly shoved, tripped, pushed, and more at the school. Love even testified that one student attempted to burn him with a cigarette lighter.
Her son was diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. He has a school-approved personal iPad, and he used it to make a seven-minute recording during his math class that proved the bullying.
Love was extremely angered upon hearing it.
The audio file records a student saying, "'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 teacher is helping the victim with a math problem, according to benswann.com. One bully even hit him over the head with a book, despite the teacher's previous reprimands.
A loud sound was heard on the recording and it was one student hitting Love's son over the head with a book. The teacher is heard yelling at him, and the student simply exclaims, "What? I was just trying to scare him!"
Laughter is then heard by a group of boys.
School officials had no problem with the bullied student actually reporting the incident, but saw the entire situation as an abuse of electronic devices. Principal Scott Milburn even told the student to erase the recording and then called the police to treat it as a crime and so that Love's son could be interrogated.
"I just think that it wasn't really right. Like, I'm getting prosecuted for trying to seek help...If I had known it was illegal, I wouldn't have done it," the 15-year-old student said.
Another court date is set for April 29, 2014, in Pittsburgh.