Special Needs Teen Convicted of Disorderly Conduct for Recording His Bullies

The 15-year-old Pennsylvania high school student was accused of violating the bullies' right to privacy. His mom wants the conviction thrown out.

Screen grab from KDKA
Screen grab from KDKA
PITTSBURGH, PA – A special needs teenager who recorded classmates tormenting him is accused of breaking the law and violating the bullies' right to privacy. Is this a case of school administrators punishing the victim?

A high school sophomore was convicted of a crime after the boy recorded his tormentors on an iPad. KDKA reported that Christian Stanfield was forced to erase the clip by administrators who called police. He initially faced a felony charge of wiretapping, which later was reduced to disorderly conduct. A judge found him guilty.

Stanfield's mother, Shea Love, heard the seven-minute clip before it was erased and told KDKA: “Pulling his pants down and some things I can’t repeat. Laughing and cutting up like it was a big joke.”

Stanfield and Love are challenging the district's actions and want his conviction thrown out. Their attorney has demanded an investigation by the office of civil rights.

What do you think? Bullying is a big problem in every school. Was this teen wrong to record what was being done to him?

j p castle April 19, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Bet u the criminal bullies video what they do and put it on YouTube then what? If a crime is being committed the criminals have no right to privacy. Kids with phones tape everything. I guess if one of their students was raped by another and she had evidence of who did it on her phone, they would have her arrested and not the rapist! Sickening bs! No common sense!
Jeremy Feller April 19, 2014 at 08:53 PM
bullying is wrong but he should have not record his bully and done it a different way . they are other ways to stop being bully then just record him because his is tormenting you because you have Special Needs
harryfinster April 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM
John M. Rehm April 20, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Bullying usually means that the victim is in emotional or physical danger, either due to size of the tormenting person or the number of people doing it. Proof of abuse is needed, by witnesses or with a camera. Witnesses can self-censor or just be cowards and "not get involved". For public authorities to disallow cellphone evidence is "dipping the Flag" to defense lawyers and does not "protect the public welfare", as police and legal authorities are charged to do so.
dwayne roberson April 20, 2014 at 06:11 PM
John Rehm, Love your concise analysis of the essence of the problem. Can you elaborate on the dipping the flag reference? Since you linked it to the defense lawyer industry I believe you are putting this problem into focus.


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