Disturbing report from the Pittsburgh area (South Fayette). A 15 yr old high school student was being bullied by several boys in one of his classes. Sometimes they would hit him with books and different kinds of abuse would occur almost every class. His mom lodged complaints with the school, but nothing was done about it.
Since the bullying continued, the boy, who also has ADHD, used his iPad to record what his tormenters were doing so he could show his mother. “I wanted her to understand what I went through,” he said.
Did the school officials say, “Good — this is the proof we needed to mete out discipline” ? No. The school officials forced him to erase the recording and then punished the bullying victim with a Saturday detention!
But it gets worse.
The school authorities also call in the police because there is a “wiretapping” situation.The boy is charged with “disorderly conduct.” The judge found him guilty and imposed a fine on the family.
The boy’s mom, Shea Love, says “The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare.” Yes, the classmates, teacher, school officials, police, prosecutor, and judge all seem to have failed.
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Update: Eugene Volokh has more details on this incident here.