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Special Needs Student Charged With Felony Wiretapping
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Quote: The boy had been diagnosed with comprehension-delay disorder, anxiety disorder and ADHD. According to his testimony, he recorded the audio to show his mom that he “wasn’t lying” about the continuous abuse.

“I was really having things like books slammed upside my head,” he said. “I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

Angered by what she saw, she took the audio recording to the school principal, Scott Milburn. What Mr. Milburn did next is nothing short of shocking.

[box type="shadow"]“After listening to her son’s evidence, Love eventually reported it to the South Fayette High School principal who, instead of disciplining the bullies involved, called the police to interrogate her “visibly distraught” son. When Love arrived, the principal said the student was facing felony wiretapping charges because he had made a recording in a place where there is an expectation of privacy. The officer agreed but eventually reduced the charge to disorderly conduct on the basis that the student engaged in offensive actions ‘which served no legitimate purpose.’”[/box]

Absolutely fucking ridiculous. http://aattp.org/special-ed-student-who-...retapping/
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A classroom with an expectation of privacy? Served no legitimate purpose? Puh-leeze!! This is just another example of blaming the victim. Why wasn't the bully dealt with? Where was the teacher's responsibility to maintain control or ask for help, if needed?

jahwarrior72;140795 Wrote:
Quote: The boy had been diagnosed with comprehension-delay disorder, anxiety disorder and ADHD. According to his testimony, he recorded the audio to show his mom that he “wasn’t lying” about the continuous abuse.

“I was really having things like books slammed upside my head,” he said. “I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

Angered by what she saw, she took the audio recording to the school principal, Scott Milburn. What Mr. Milburn did next is nothing short of shocking.

[box type="shadow"]“After listening to her son’s evidence, Love eventually reported it to the South Fayette High School principal who, instead of disciplining the bullies involved, called the police to interrogate her “visibly distraught” son. When Love arrived, the principal said the student was facing felony wiretapping charges because he had made a recording in a place where there is an expectation of privacy. The officer agreed but eventually reduced the charge to disorderly conduct on the basis that the student engaged in offensive actions ‘which served no legitimate purpose.’”[/box]

Absolutely fucking ridiculous. http://aattp.org/special-ed-student-who-...retapping/
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I'm of the opinion that if you break a law to prevent a far more dangerous and heinous one, you get a free pass.

This poor kid deserves a free pass, and the principle should get beaten with some books.
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Schools continually play lip service to the idea of preventing bullying, but time and again, the bullies get away and the victims are terrorized by them and the school. I've been seeing it in my own school here.
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streaker69;140842 Wrote:Schools continually play lip service to the idea of preventing bullying, but time and again, the bullies get away and the victims are terrorized by them and the school. I've been seeing it in my own school here.

The schools don't want any stink of "problem" wafting from their doors... and if the "problem" is an athlete, look out... they will protect them above all else.
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One would think that the school was a place where there is an expectation of general safety. Dodgy

I am sure that the principal would change his tune of privacy when the police show up to do "random locker checks".
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The expectation of privacy thing is bull..... I guarantee a kid taking AP Calculus would be welcome to record a lecture. It's encouraged in college.. it's not ok in high school? Bull!
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Apparently there's an expectation of bullying.
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PA needs to get rid of the two party consent nonsense. This seems to me to be an appropriate time to record something on the sly. The fact that some moron judge is gonna punish the victim just makes it seem even more ludicrous.

Lets just say we did have single party consent. Does the whole expectation of privacy thing make that moot?
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Rik Bitter;140889 Wrote:PA needs to get rid of the two party consent nonsense. This seems to me to be an appropriate time to record something on the sly. The fact that some moron judge is gonna punish the victim just makes it seem even more ludicrous.

Lets just say we did have single party consent. Does the whole expectation of privacy thing make that moot?

This wasn't a moron judge... this was a summary case heard in front of a district magistrate. You can be a garbage man and run for Magistrate.

The wiretap laws are there for reason...to protect your freedoms... But ask yourself if there is an expectation of privacy in a classroom? I think not.
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