…and it is they who should be convicted - and not simply fined.
Shea Love wondered why the school district contacted the police to discuss a violation of wiretap statutes instead of confronting the students who were bullying her son, a sophomore at South Fayette High School with attention deficit and an anxiety disorder.
On the recording — which the 15-year-old made on his iPad — one student can be heard telling another to pull Love’s son’s pants down.
My first thought is: Why doesn’t that qualify as attempted sexual assault (at least for over-charging purposes – because its clear here that someone loves overcharging)? Or, at the very least, generic assault?
The teacher can be heard intervening, telling the students that they need to stop talking if their discussion isn’t about math.
A few minutes later, a loud slam can be heard, followed by the teacher telling students to sit down. “What? I was just trying to scare him,” one of the boys can be heard saying.
The 15-year-old said he made the recording “because I always felt like it wasn’t me being heard.”
Upon learning of the recording, South Fayette High School principal Scott Milburn and assistant principal Aaron Skrbin contacted Lieutenant Robert Kurta, asking that he come to the school because he believed there had been “a wiretapping incident.”
School district officials forced the student to erase the recording and ordered him to attend Saturday detention. Kurta charged him with disorderly conduct, but didn’t believe that the incident warranted a felony wiretapping charge, though according to court records, he was adamant the student had “committed a crime.”
South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet found the student guilty, fined him $25 and ordered him to pay court costs.
Too bad the NSA didn’t record it, eh?