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Punishing The Victim? Teen Who Recorded Bullies Convicted

A wiretapping incident

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A Pennsylvania-based teen with a learning disability recorded conversations on his iPad to prove that he was being bullied. Instead of his bullies meeting justice, he has been accused of "wiretapping."

According to an article in the Raw Story, the 15-year-old, who has attention deficit and an anxiety disorder, made the recordings, “Because I always felt like it wasn’t me being heard.”

“I wanted some help,” he said. “This wasn’t just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”

In the recording, students can be heard trying to get the teen to pull down his pants, and trying "to scare him."

Mom, Shea Love, was perplexed by the reaction of South Fayette High School officials. Instead of addressing the bullying, school principal Scott Milburn contacted police over “a wiretapping incident.”

The district forced the teen to erase the recordings and served him with a detention. He wasn't convicted of a wiretapping felony, but was charged court costs and a $25 fine.

Meanwhile, in Ohio, a 62-year-old man charged with disorderly conduct was ordered by a judge to publicly hold up the following humiliating sign:

"I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in." 

Two cases. Two very different outcomes.

In your opinion, was either incident handled properly?
The way this school handled a bullying incident left many readers disgruntled.