Zero Tolerance: Another Public School Decides to Wreck a Kid's Life
The short version of the story: Kid gets bullied at his school in Pennsylvania, school pays no attention and fails to help him. So he records audio of the bully bullying him, to provide proof to his mother. His mother tells the school and lets them hear the audio. The school administrators do the absolute stupidest possible thing. They tell the boy to delete the audio, and call the cops. The responding officer then does the dumbest thing he can do, and charges the kid with a crime.
By the way, the kid who now has a conviction on his record has a learning disability.
The student didn't even truly commit "wiretapping," which is what the police officer initially thought to charge him with, despite the fact that there was no longer any audio recording at all. The boy used a school-issued iPad to record the audio. How is that "wiretapping?" I realize that in legalese it may be, but the law is often an ass. The boy was convicted of disorderly conduct last month and removed from the class in which the bullying took place. The bullies are still there, unmolested.
The 15-year-old is being punished harshly for defending himself nonviolently.
The incident and ongoing criminal case happened in Fayette Township, PA. South Fayette High School is the guilty educational establishment.
Everyone involved in the decision to slap the boy with criminal charges should be fired and they should face child abuse charges themselves. The administrator who called the police, the police officer, the judge, everyone -- fire them all and slap them with civil lawsuits.
They make these idiotic decisions based on "zero tolerance" policies. It's past time to hit the adults in these cases with zero tolerance policies as well.