Bullied Teen Uses iPad to Record Abuse; Gets Busted for Illegal Wiretapping Instead

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  1. dgstorm

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    This news isn't Android related, but it is indirectly related to mobile tech and should be shared with the community. If this isn't a clear case of the victim being further victimized, then the world has gone nuts. At the very least a mockery of justice has prevailed and common sense has been thrown out the window. A Pennsylvania high-school sophomore was being bullied at his school. After complaining to his mom, he decided to obtain proof of the incidents by using his school-provided iPad to record the bullying. After bringing his evidence to his mom, she was outraged (as any good mother would be) and brought it to the principal of the school.

    At some point between her house and the school, she must have entered the Twilight Zone, because instead of the principal jumping to the bullied teen's defense, he called the police and the victim was charged with felony illegal wiretapping! This sounds like a cruel April Fool's Joke, but it gets even worse. The teen eventually had his day in court, and his charges were reduced to disorderly conduct, yet District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet still ruled against him!

    The bullies got off scot-free and the lawyers of the victim are now appealing the verdict. The principal's reasoning for calling the police was that "the recording was made in a place where the other students expected privacy."

    [Editorial Rant: While, the principal's perspective and actions might be technically correct according to the "letter of the law," it shows zero common sense and zero responsibility for the welfare of his students. It is the principal's responsibility to facilitate/create a safe environment for the kids in his school. He had the authority to handle this in any number of ways that were different than this. It isn't really necessary for this incident to have been reported to the police, because the privacy of the students should not over-ride the safety/well-being of the students. You can bet money that if the situation was reversed, (if the school had made the recording), they would have claimed that the "reasonable expectation of privacy" was trumped by their responsibility to keep the children safe.]

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  2. iJamesH

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    That is so messed up it's not even funny. I wish that stupid principal would get fired because we don't need someone with no common sense running schools for our children.
     
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    I am completely aghast that this has happened to this poor bullied child.

    We are seeing quite a lot of bullying happening in schools here and iPhones are being utilised by others to record it....Police are then using these recordings as evidence to catch these bullies.

    Bullies themselves are also recording what they do and uploading it on FB, police are then using these postings to bring them to justice. It's not only bulling either which is being pursued by police, they are uncovering all types of crime.

    Just can't believe this Principle has gotten it so wrong.....And hasn't looked at the whole picture as to why this child did what he did to try to stop being bullied. Yes, the Principle does need to be sacked, they just haven't done their job of keeping their children safe! Shame on them!!

    I do hope this child and his parents do appeal and get justice.

    It's a very sad day when this type of thing is allowed to happen.....the Judge should also be reprimanded for not seeking justice for this child.
     
  4. Ser Aphim

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    I don't want to live in this world anymore.

    This stupid principal, man. I wished you did not have to post this, I just lost most of my faith in humanity.
     
  5. Ser Aphim

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    How could people even like this post?
     
  6. leelai

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    We like that dgstorm has posted this article for us to see, it's an important issue and the more who see it, then more people will be outraged by it and hopefully bring about a change for justice!

    ......we certainly don't like what happened to this child.
     
  7. Husq250

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    Sad to see. I have no tolerance for bullying.
     
  8. KevinJS

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    Precisely.
     
  9. Ser Aphim

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    Oh now I see why you liked this.
     
  10. tlbaker

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    I saw this, very sad for this poor young man.

    Sent from my Black Verizon 32GB iPhone 4 From NYC!!! using iPF
     

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