April 9th, 2014

School Officials Bully Student into Deleting Recording of Bullying, Threaten him with Felony Wiretapping 150

By Carlos Miller

South Fayette administrators

A high school sophomore in Pennsylvania who had been bullied all year by classmates with no help from his teacher decided to audio record the bullying on his iPad as evidence.

But instead of disciplining the bullies, school officials called police on him, threatening to have him arrested for felony wiretapping.

By the time the cops arrived at South Fayette High School in McDonald, school administrators had already forced the 15-year-old boy to delete the audio clip.

So police charged him with disorderly conduct instead, a charge he was convicted of last month.

Meanwhile, the bullies and the teacher who allowed the bullying – not to mention the administrators who intimidated him into deleting the audio – have yet to be disciplined.

Here’s hoping karma catches up to all of them, including Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet, who convicted the child because, she said, he went to the “extreme” of recording the bullying rather than “let the school handle it.”

But the boy’s mother, Shea Love, had transcribed the recording the night before he took it to the principal, indicating the school’s way of handling it was simply to ignore it.

According to Ben Swann:

The student and his mother, Shea Love, testified before the magistrate that the boy has been repeatedly shoved and tripped at school, and that a fellow student had even attempted to burn him with a cigarette lighter. The defendant is, according to school records, a well-behaved student with no history of disciplinary action. He was, however, previously diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, which is a slower processing speed for information than is normal, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. He says the bullying treatment is especially harsh and academically disruptive during his special education math class, in which students with behavioral problems are also placed. Last month, after doing research on several anti-bullying websites, he used his school approved personal iPad to make a seven-minute audio recording of his classroom experience. He played the recording at home for his mother. Outraged, Love, a former Air Force Morse code operator, transcribed the audio before calling school administrators.

According to Love, as the teacher is heard attempting to help her son with a math problem, a student says, “You should pull his pants down!” Another student replies, “No, man. Imagine how bad that (c**t) smells! No one wants to smell that (t**t).” As the recording continues, the teacher instructs the classroom that they may only talk if it pertains to math. Shortly thereafter, a loud noise is heard on the recording, which her son explained was a book being slammed down next to him after a student pretended to hit him in the head with it. When the teacher yells, the student exclaims, “What? I was just trying to scare him!” A group of boys are heard laughing.

Love says that upon fielding her complaint, Principal Scott Milburn called South Fayette Township police Lieutenant Robert Kurta to the school to interrogate her son in the presence of Associate Principal Aaron Skrbin and Dean of Students Joseph Silhanek. The defendant testified before Judge McGraw-Desmet that he was forced to play the audio for the group and then delete it. Love says by the time she arrived at the school, her son was surrounded by school officials and the police officer and was visibly distraught. She says

Principal Milburn advised her that her son was “facing felony wiretapping charges” because he made a recording in a place with an expectation of privacy, and that Officer Kurta agreed. Milburn defended the teacher’s response to the classroom disturbance.

The following is Judge McGraw-Desmet’s full, almost incoherent, statement:

“Normally, if there is — I certainly have a big problem with any kind of bullying at school. But normally, you know, I would expect a parent would let the school know about it, because it’s not tolerated. I know that, and that you guys [school administrators] would handle that, you know. To go to this extreme, you know, it was the only alternative or something like that, but you weren’t made aware of that and that was kind of what I was curious about. Because it’s not tolerated, but you need to go through — let the school handle it. And I know from experience with South Fayette School that, you know, it always is. And if there is a problem and it continues, then it is usually brought in front of me.”

You wonder who would elect such a judge?

The judge herself admitted to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2009 she won because her mother sat on the bench for decades before retiring.

McGraw-Desmet conceded that name recognition helped her win 37 percent of the 2,536 votes cast in the Democratic primary last month and 30 percent of the 1,337 votes in the Republican primary. . . . “Undoubtedly, my mother’s good reputation as district judge went a long way toward helping me win.”

So it’s obvious the judge is part of the establishment in this sparsely populated region of the state, which is why she would never take a stand for justice if it means embarrassing her peers.

For all it’s worth, here is a site where you leave a review for the judge. The number to the courthouse is (412) 221-3353.

Principal Scott Milburn, who ordered the deletion of the audio and should be criminally charged with tampering with evidence, can be reached at (412) 221-4542 extension 265. Or email him at smilburn@southfayette.org.

Contact the South Fayette Township Police Department, who charged the kid with disorderly conduct, at (412) 279-6911.


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  • borderraven

    1st Amendment right to petition for redress of grievances protects the gathering of evidence.

    • jimmarch

      Damn…that is a very good point.

    • steveo

      also, when a criminal act is being committed wiretapping is off the table. The bullying, at least, in FL would either fall under assault or disorderly conduct because of the “fighting words”.

    • klhayes

      If someone is bullying via technology they clearly want to have people see it, at least the victim. The victim did not hack into anything to get it. It was put out there and anyone could have turned it in.

  • Prisoner416

    I’m in PA. WE need to contact this family and see if the file can be recovered.

    • borderraven

      Yes, the device needs a forensic examination.

    • benanov

      It’s a school-owned iPad. Probably been wiped by now.

      • borderraven

        So it’s a piece of public property, then we can have police seize it and all others as evidence against school corruption. FBI has the forensics ability to examine tech gear.

        • benanov

          The FBI can’t crack AES. “Wiping” an iPad under modern versions of iOS is just deleting the AES key – the encrypted contents are now unrecoverable to anyone.

          • John

            You’re correct except that in this case it’s hardware-dependent. Devices from the 3GS and onward are fine, regardless of iOS version. (I believe all iPads except the original as well.)

          • Kriegar

            I find unrecoverable a dubious term, in todays government spying abilities.

          • UltraModerate

            Although I doubt these high school administrator boneheads have any idea how to properly “wipe” a computer. They probably think that when you hit the delete key it goes away forever.

          • poisenbery

            files aren’t ‘deleted’ when they are…deleted.
            files and folders are literally arrangements of electrons within the electronic workings of the hard drive. When someone ‘deletes’ something, they are actually saying ‘hey, i don’t need this file anymore. you can use this space to put more files here if needed.’
            so anything can technically be recovered after it is deleted, so long as that memory allocation or address in the hard drive or whatever hasn’t been overwritten.

          • slango20

            Harvard SuperComputing Cluster can crack it within days, it just needs a hash of one of the files on it, and then it can physically just try every possible combo until it finds one that yields a file with the same hash and filename (say one of the IOS OS files, they stay mostly consistent across devices)
            EDIT: flash memory, you can’t just overwrite NAND flash, you have to clear it before a write, the data is non-recoverable (the deletion process runs in the background so as to not hinder device performance)

          • alarmclocktothestars

            You don’t understand how encryption works, I see.

          • slango20

            I realized that even if they could crack the AES encryption, it would still be unrecoverable as NAND flash is like an SSD, you can’t just overwrite data on it, it has to be deleted first, but I’m assuming it uses a solution similar to a TRIM clock in an SSD where it will erase data that it’s told to erase over a period of time, so as to remove load from the OS for other things

        • Kriegar

          Except that the police are complicit in the violations of this childs’ legal rights.

      • John

        Wiping doesn’t delete data. Data on a wiped iOS device can usually still be recovered.

        • JdL

          Wiping doesn’t delete data. Data on a wiped iOS device can usually still be recovered.

          As I understand the term “wiping”, it means overwriting every byte of a file with gibberish. After that happens, the data wiped can’t be recovered. In contrast, “deleting” means removing the directory entry for the file’s data, but leaving the data itself in place, until it’s overwritten by new data. By these definitions, a file can be recovered after deletion, but not after wiping.

          • AnoniPad

            You are missing one thing, a normal person cannot wipe an iPad, only Apple can do that. You can only delete files and restore factory settings, this does not wipe the iPad.

          • John

            According to my latest information, a normal person can wipe an iPad using “erase all content and settings.” This deletes the AES key, provided your device is not jailbroken.

          • UltraModerate

            Yes, this is true, if you know how to do it. But I highly doubt that this bonehead principal and his bonehead assistant would know how to do any of that. They probably think that when you hit the delete key, it goes away forever.

          • John

            I was referring to “erase all content and settings.” I did more research on this. Turns out as of the 3GS and later, “erase all content” just deletes the AES key, so it actually in effect would delete the video.

          • benanov

            It wouldn’t delete the video, but good lucking cracking AES to actually recover it. If the key is gone, the video is as good as wiped.

          • John

            Well yeah… that’s why I said “in effect.” :-) I probably should’ve said “effectively rendering the content unrecoverable.”

          • Kriegar

            To be honest, I doubt that luck is needed. What would be required would be the very likely to exist backdoor method.

          • Kriegar

            Getting overwritten in layering does not equate to being unrecoverable. It just increases the difficulty.

      • Film The Police Always

        It doesn’t matter whether or not they get the deleted material because the proof that it was deleted was in the charges of disorderly conduct. That charge was for the act of recording, and it was confirmed by the Principal to the police, and thats why they filed those charges. BS charges yes, but they admitted to the deleting of the recording by the charge.

        Someone PLEASE help this family appeal and sue. I sure wish I was a lawyer up there because I’d take this case in a nano second.

        • FedUp

          You make no sense. Before posting, check your Grammer dumbnuts.

          • Idiot

            Grammar? Good way to stick your foot in your mouth. Dumb fuck.

        • John

          Just shut the fuck up shithead.

        • Prisoner416

          Think before you post.

          • Prisoner416

            Nice job trying to use my name, moron. Film the police, great idea, someone want to contact Ken at Popehat?

          • John

            He used my name too. Just ignore the troll. He’ll go away eventually.

        • Steve618

          You need anger management.

      • smitty_union

        With Forensic software, deleted files and data CAN be recovered.

        • benanov

          So forensic software is going to be able to recover the lost AES key? Please point me to some that’s not classified and available for use in a criminal case.

        • alarmclocktothestars

          Bzzt,

      • Shea Love

        It isn’t school owned. It is his. However he uses it for school work and most likely has been over written

        • benanov

          Yeah, if something else has written to that part of the flash, it’s gone.

      • Ron Henschel

        Evidence tampering maybe……

      • Emyric

        “he used his school approved personal iPad to make a seven-minute audio recording of his classroom experience” It is his personal ipad that the school allowed him to use,

    • steve618

      If the kid is still in school he should do the same thing again, but with video along with multiple backups. He should also record the responses of school officials AND law enforcement and be set up for live streaming. The family needs a good attorney standing by as well.

    • Shea Love

      I am mom-we tried to have it recovered. It would take someone that could forensically recover it.

      • Mark J

        Shea Love, according to the story it was “his school approved personal iPad.” Do you have it in your possession? If so, you may be able to have that done; state or federal authorities may be able to retrieve it as well. If you still have it leave it off; it may be possible to retrieve the file. You might contact a Mac Users Group in your area and they may be able to retrieve the file as well.

        • benanov

          Yes and no. The kid would have had to gotten another iPad and left that one alone – but he has to do work with the device, meaning the flash has probably been overwritten.

      • GM

        Shea, I hope you & your son can find some peace, know that many are appalled at your son’s treatment by the school & judge, & we are voicing this to them. I am spreading the contact for those who should have protected your son so all can comment directly. Hugs

      • Dale Peters

        As someone who had their school attempt to do away with my 504 Plan and my mother had to fight to keep it (and succeeded), this is a violation of civil rights and you can go above this corrupt local gov’t to get proper justice served.

      • spandrelmatic

        Shea, thanks for sticking up for your son. By doing this, you’re helping every other kid in a similar situation as well. I’m very glad to hear that you’ve had some success in getting this nonsense thrown out.

        The next step, of course, is to ensure that this sort of thing never happens to any other kid by replacing the officials responsible for this abuse with humane, capable people who actually care about kids and education. Good luck!

    • UltraModerate

      And indict the principal and assistant principal on charges of Tampering with Evidence and Intimidating a Witness.

  • inquisitor

    The school officials regard recording a student violating the rules by bullying another as…extreme.
    Thank you for your contributions to the school Mr. Extreme and Mr. Assistant Extreme, please submit your letters of resignation, remove all your personal items from your offices and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

  • Rob

    Just a heads up. In the 2nd paragraph, disciplining is spelled incorrectly.

  • Carl-Cathy Wisnesky

    Get this story in all the local and near city newspapers. Also, file a lawsuit as the classroom is not a place where there is an “expectation of privacy.” Let the lawsuit hit the newspapers. This is the way to make sure the school board knows that if they do not fire this principal, they will not be re-elected and to also know that if the charges against the kid are not dismissed & his record expunged, the judge will not be re-elected. We are PA residents & are totally upset at the way this district is being run & how the judge handled it. Further, if the teacher cannot maintain a decorum of civility & a good learning environment in his/her classroom, then he/she should also be fired.

  • Rob

    If public school officials are allowed to circumvent the 4th Amendment, and search a student’s bag without consequences, then there is absolutely no expectation of privacy in a public school.

  • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!

    Is this what Adam Lanza’s school was like?

    Any lawyer-types know what (if any) state wire-tapping statute applies here? Also, is it possible to apply criminal charges against the school administrators – color of law for threatening student? Hopefully the family will have a fat lawsuit to pursue, at least.

    It sounds to me as though this kid and family were railroaded pretty egregiously. It seems like the people being arrested should be the school P and VP, all the police involved, the DA, and the drunken judge. Yup, I’m a dreamer.

  • Marianne Neal

    Talk about piling on.

  • momomomomomomomomomomomomo

    Use these numbers for South Fayette Police. The number you listed goes to the County Dispatch Center.

    Police Information and Records: (412) 221-2170
    Police Administration Office: (412) 221-2174
    Chief Volle

  • Film The Police Always

    Appeal this conviction! I’ve always said that the initial courts will always side with “Teaching A Lesson” and “Conditioning” a citizen knowing that most people NEVER appeal and the system knows this. Our system is bullshit and it is CORRUPT. How was this kid Disorderly? His intention was NOT to cause substantial harm or serious inconvenience. His intention was to prove that the SCHOOL SYSTEM was allowing this to happen when they are the SOUL responsible party of those kids when at school.

    What I’m saying is, the school system lawyer without a doubt did a sidebar with “THE SYSTEM”, and they knew that this kid could sue and win, so in collusion with the judge, the “DEFENDING PARTY’S” got together and convicted him of this bogus charge to make that family BELIEVE that this kid was wrong. I’m throwing the bullshit flag up and this kid needs to appeal, and when he wins the appeal he needs to SUE. How much does anyone want to bet that this family would receive a settlement. They erased evidence that the teacher allowed this kid to be harassed. IT WAS A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT FOR THIS POOR KID!

  • USPatriotUno

    To stop a bully you need to become a bully.

  • OhSnapDJB

    I live in Pittsburgh so I’ll DEFINITELY be calling

  • Guest

    “So police charged him with disorderly conduct instead, a charge he was convicted of last month.”

    Nope. The district or county attorney charged him. His or her name should be front and center of the story. But, as usual, we don’t even know what is. Until the public figures out how the system works, and who really has the power (prosecutorial discretion), we’re not going to get anywhere.

  • MSMediacritic

    This is precisely why I send my kids to private school. No guarantee it will be better, but a much higher probability.

  • Film The Police Always

    Ah shit! I hope this wasn’t the kid!!! If it is then the shits going to hit the fan. The school and the courts colluded in screwing over this kid who was being bullied, they convicted him and now he lost it? Please say it isnt him? http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/09/suspect-in-custody-after-reports-multiple-stabbings-at-pennsylvania-school/

    • rajin cajun

      initial reports show it happening on the opposite side of town at franklin regional high school. However, I cant find a “south fayette high school” on gmaps…

    • steve618

      If it’s not the same kid I’ll bet it’s one of many more out there just like him – a victim of bullying. The truth will come, not from school officials or the authorities, but from fellow students who see what is going on every day.

  • OhSnapDJB

    Just called but as expected neither principal was available. I’ll definitely be calling back

  • steve618

    How can the ‘adults’ in this story be anything other than a bunch of sociopaths? It’s like a bizarre chain from the teacher all the way up to the judge. Not a single link possessed the sense to stop the absurdity in its tracks. It’s dangerous to allow children to be exposed to such freaks in the currently contaminated “educational environment’ and ‘justice system’. Pure insanity.

  • JdL

    I usually think of public school officials as being merely extremely incompetent, but in the case of this school, I think the word “criminal” is in order.

  • Peacefulstreets Lewiscounty

    Did some digging on this one. Couldn’t find anything more recent, but in 2012, PA was still a 2-party (or rather all party) state. However in a 2007 case, (Bartnicki v. Vopper) this issue was raised, and “In ruling that disclosure of a matter in the public interest outweighed claims of privacy, the majority of the court supported “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide open.””

    I’d say that argument certainly has merit in this case. Had the student not made the recording, the abuse school officials was allowing to continue would never have seen the light of day.

    It can also be argued, that public school officials, supported by tax dollars, are entitled to no more privacy than police officers during the performance of their duties. The ruling in Glik v. Mass, while specifically addressing law enforcement, wasn’t limited to police officers.

    “The First Amendment protects the right to gather information
    about what public officials do on public property, and specifically, a right to record matters of public interest.” (Fordyce v. City of Seattle); (Glik v. Mass)

    Every school official and LEO should be held liable for interference with this student’s 1st amendment rights, failing to protect the student and destruction of evidence. (Even if the LEOs weren’t involved with the deletion of the audio, they did not act on it’s deletion.)

  • dravo1

    That guy on the right is really creeping me out. Looks like that sheriff from Arizona we had featured a month or so back.

  • Rich Moore

    Disorderly conduct is a law rooted in the concept of actual or immanent violence, a breach of the peace. An appeal would get this conviction tossed pronto. the judge who did this is a moron and cares zero about the law. Disorderly conduct is that which incites violence, such as ” fighting words” or provocations intended to provoke a violent response. Filming cannot in any way be considered such, and misapplication of the law, while commonplace in this corrupt nation of ours, simply should not be tolerated. Any attorney appealing this miscarriage of justice should be able to get this conviction wiped out without any trouble..the trouble is paying for justice, another sick fact we live with all the time. The judge and prosecutors should be publicly shamed and denounced for their egregious violation of the law, and media should pounce on this obvious improper judicial action.

  • VixyTail

    Sadly PA has some real issues with this and what SHARK has gone through ( http://www.sharkonline.org/index.php/pennsylvania-pashame )

    • BeeKaaay

      Yeah, stand up for animals while humans get bullied and treated with disrespect and hurt.

    • Kate Cooley

      PA public schools are a mess. It’s this and “drugs/dianoses for money.”

  • zee-l-usay

    We, as parents, must stop allowing school officials and politicians to vacate the constitutional rights of our children. My rights did not stop at the door of the school house, I would not allow it and my parents backed me. (much to my surprise) I was once ordered to empty my pockets and I refused; my parents were called; my father informed them if they did not have a warrent they had better send me back to class. When my children were in school I made it very clear to the School Resource Officer that he was not to talk to my child without my presence.

  • ray brown

    I’m trying to figure the federal implications of a government entity in effect destroying evidence. Can you say vicarious consent?

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  • Megan

    And the schools wonder why some kids have to bring knives and guns to school to defend themselves from bullies. It’s also why my kids don’t go to a public school.

  • Daniel De Kok

    What a couple of smiling clods. Of which athletic team do you think the culprit is the captain of? We have to do something about the hiring process for administrators and teachers in this country.

    • Athletes aren’t evil

      Nothing like responding to a bullying issue with some well placed stereotyping. Yeah, a bully? Surely some dumb jock. Right?

      Get a grip. You’re as bad as the people in charge who botched this entire process.

      • Daniel De Kok

        You and I both know that that is how it works in far too many districts. I was merely asking a rhetorical question, not looking for the gospel truth.

        • Don’t stereotype

          For the record, the ‘star’ athlete at this particular school district is committed to Penn.

          Kid sure must be doing something wrong…

          • Daniel De Kok

            That’s nice for Him or Her, but I’m talking about the bully in question.

            Back to the subject at hand. Years in the classroom do not necessarily imply an ability to lead faculty, students, and staff in the complex craft of K-12 education. It makes matters worse when these educational “Leaders” try to run their building or district like a) their personal fiefdom or b) a mom-and-pop grocery store, rife with corruption, graft, nepotism, a pervasive “where’s mine” mentality, or just as egregious, a steady supply of whitewash with which issues and scandals are covered.

          • Be Fair

            I’m just saying – don’t typecast an entire group of kids. SF is full of phenomenal student-athletes. I’d be willing to bet that this alleged bullying is more likely to have occurred at the hands of a non-athlete than otherwise. Bothers me that athletes are automatically cast in a negative light.

  • Mom 2 Boys

    Has this gotten to the local, as well as national media outlets? It’s time someone looks into SF and their “leaders”.

    • BeeKaaay

      Since this is a self-defense related story, the news media will bury it.

      • Tsk

        You’re desperate to see this through right-wing grudge lenses, aren’t you? If the parking lot is full when you go to the store, is it because of lefties?

        • BeeKaaay

          grudge lenses? Only leftwingwackos (who are bloodthirsty by nature) are having the grudge lenses.

  • resident

    It truly is amazing how everyone can quickly judge how bad a school district is over one thing. Yes I am agreeing this is wrong but South Fayette is an amazing school district. It is safe and friendly, with great academics and sports. It really is a tight knit community. No matter where your children go to school they will encounter bullying so do not be so quick to judge based on one incident.

    • Student

      You obviously missed the point of the article if you think this is soley talking of bullying in schools. The school officials, instead of handling the issue of bullying of one of their students, decided to punish the victim and and proceed to an inaccurate system of “justice” and conviction of the victim. The bullies who had truly committed “disordly conduct” by threatening the safety of the victim physically and mentally remain undiciplined. This is an obvious example of protecting the “tradition, pride, excellence” of South Fayette rather than the safety of their students. I am ashamed of the action of my principles and ashamed that you could simply dismiss this due to the “friendly” environment and strong sports.

    • BeeKaaay

      Some “friendly” school district. Bullying is not only allowed, they also punish those who get bullied!

    • Candlefly

      This school district deserves every bad mark they receive. This is not their first rodeo I can assure you.

  • Joe Sills

    Even with the recording deleted it can be recovered using software.

    • benanov

      Not in this case. The iPad has been used for schoolwork in the interim. Only the richest of us can get a 2nd iPad for school to leave the first one alone for analysis.

  • Kriegar

    I think that we all have a duty to contact these people, and the local news, to express our displeasure of this butchering of our rights as citizens.

  • Danielle Nicole Dowling

    i went to that school not too long ago. it is horrible to see how power can corrupt one’s mind in such a way….. skrbin used to be one of my favorite people there because he was fair and cared about his students……but now…..it breaks my heart….

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  • BeeKaaay

    This is what happens when schools are run by leftwingwackos. They love bullies and thugs.

    • Candlefly

      You mean right wing conservative idiots.

  • Kate Cooley

    They don’t need to “let the school know about it.” This was happening in class in front of a teacher. The teacher should have tossed the bullies out of class, sent them to the principal and had them written up. They should’ve been punished, not given some mealy-mouth discouragement. You want to know why kids shoot up schools? It’s because when push comes to shove, the schools are happy to pay lip service to anti-bullying programs but are unwilling to actually do anything about it. That would mean having to do work and Lord knows we can’t have that.

  • Something Ain’t Right

    And yet..we still haven’t had ANY real news source pick up this story. Something ain’t right. WTAE, WPXI, KDKA, the Post Gazette and Tribune Review…not a single of the major news outlets in Pittsburgh area have reported on this. Why? Perhaps we’re jumping to some conclusions.

    • John

      I am a former SF student, and my siblings still attend. The story was featured on WPXI a few weeks ago, and then deleted from their site a few hours later…it seems the school is doing a lot to cover up the incident. I can say that what happened is true, and not extremely surprising given past experiences with the administration. IMO, it is only a matter of time before it is picked up by other real sources, as it is all over the internet right now. From what I’ve been told, students are shocked and angry at what happened, and I hope that the poor handling of this by several people doesn’t serve to represent the community as a whole.

      • Still Skeptical

        Really? Because all of the students I’ve talked to have no clue about this story…

        The media has no reason to cover this up. They want stories. Period. This would be a big story. Honestly, I’m not quite buying it. Something is a little fishy here. South Fayette has arguably the best superintendent in the state. She wouldn’t stand for this at all – repercussions would occur.

        If it is true, it’s tragic. No doubt. And if it is true then those involved should all be punished big time. I just think it’s possible that there’s more to this than we’re hearing.

        • Alex K

          Well it DID happen. The student DID record the bullies giving him a hard time. And the administration DID force him to delete the recording. He was initially charged with felony wiretapping…but it was reduced to disorderly conduct….which is still bs. I understand the skeptical response, being as this is the internet….but these actions were committed. I know the family, and they didn’t deserve these things to happen to them. They are truly nice people. Please keep them in your thoughts. Thank you.

        • ciphersupreme

          You are absolutely correct. As a matter of fact in several threads on other sites the media was reaching out to the mother and there is still no story.

        • spandrelmatic

          “The media has no reason to cover this up. They want stories. Period.”

          Have you actually worked as a journalist? Skepticism is not necessarily a bad thing, but your argument is based on nothing. Everything you say is based on assumptions about how things supposedly are, and you simply can’t assume those things.

    • ciphersupreme

      I checked the dockets on the date in question and nothing matches this case at all. I agree with Something Aint Right….Something aint right.

  • CHRIS42060

    This site has the e-mail addresses for all of the officers in the South Fayette Township Police Department as well. http://www.police.south-fayette.pa.us/

  • EricPoole

    When I was editor of the weekly newspaper in the South Fayette area, Judge McGraw (this was apparently before her marriage) was a real pain in the ass to deal with.

  • Wesley Cole

    I just called the following number Police Administration Office: (412) 221-2174 and asked if the outrage had reached their office yet. The woman responded with basically “what do you mean, im not in the loop” I said just turn on your computer and read anything about it. P.S. i posted your number for all to call and be outraged. So please share the number and call her.

  • Dawn

    Principal & teachers that allowed it should be arrested, kids who bullied should be kicked out til next year and have to make up the year, the police officers should be fired, the judge should be gone and the KID WHO TAPED IT DESERVES A MEDAL! My niece was bullied by a girl everyday all day long, the SCHOOL DID NOTHING, so guess what, my niece took it into her own hands and tried to kill herself! You can’t leave these kinds of things to have the school handle them because they wont because they are afraid too! BULLSHIT! People who bully in my eyes are like murderers, the kill people from the inside out!

  • Dawn

    One More thing, the police and principal did something illegal by interrogating the boy wiithout a lawyer or his mom present. How about those charges on them???

  • Amy Schmidt

    I emailed the principle. I hope the family fights this until the end!! It’s up to us as a society to step in where the “officials” have failed. We will show the boy he is cared about.

  • Film The Police Always

    I’ve stated here that this kid and his family need to appeal this bullshit conviction as this was a “teach him a lesson” guilty charge. Judges in these first courts are corrupt and DON NOT follow law and don’t allow due process. I also said he should also sue. Well it’s happening. This family will receive, and should receive a nice settlement. If I were on his jury he would be getting a HUGE settlement. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/15/teen-punished-for-recording-alleged-bullying-to-sue-school-district/?intcmp=latestnews

    • Film The Police Always

      I did not make this comment.

      • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!

        douchebag says what?

    • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!

      beauteous gluteus maximus!

  • GM
  • GM

    Superintendent Bille P. Rondinelli, brondinelli@southfayette.org

    high school principal Scott Milburn, smilburn@southfayette.org

    assistant principal Aaron Skrbin, askrbin@southfayette.org

    http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/listings/district-justice-maureen-mcgraw-desmet

    South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet
    295 Millers Run Rd, Bridgeville, PA 15017, (412) 221-3353

  • Steve

    I know this principal. Hey Scott . . .if what they’re saying is true, then you’re a dick!

  • Donald Higdon

    It’s illegal to destroy evidence. It’s illegal to interrogate a minor without a parent present.

  • Donald Higdon

    I have written letters to the principal and the judge. Have you? Why not?

  • Stephanie Lee Teigue

    Here’s just another case of a victim being further victimized (especially by those we have been taught to trust)! And a big HA HA to the administrators for not being able to get him on that felony!

  • J
  • Trystian

    Most of you missed the major part of this story (except for Mark J). He had a school approved PERSONAL iPad. Meaning that it was his property, approved to be used at school. It WAS NOT school property.

    Unless they “cleaned” the entire iPad, or securely deleted the file, it can be recovered, as long as the location on the drive/flash wasn’t overwritten by newer data.

  • Gio

    Somebody needs to slap the principal around every day of his pathetic life so he will know the helpless feeling of that student.

  • ocschwar

    So, it’s okay to us potentially lethal force in self defense, but not audio recording??

  • Ron Henschel

    I thought school principals, vice-principals. and judges had to be smart to get jobs, but I gues not.

  • ccbarrpics

    Good News. The Allegheny County DA’s office has decided it will be withdrawing the disorderly conduct charge that District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet convicted him of back on March 19. Here is a link to the article I found on it:

    http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/5959296-74/district-stanfield-fayette#axzz2z694N15s

    Quoting from the article:

    “No one in our office who was authorized to give advice on wiretap
    issues or school conduct issues was ever contacted in this matter,” Mike Manko, a spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said in a statement.

    • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!

      “no nazis here” said goering to himmler

  • ENTWAFFNUNGDERGESTAPO!
  • Beatrix Muircastle

    reading the judge reveiws… I know we’re mad but telling people to kill themselves and their kids is as bad as what the school and those boys did to Christain. Come on we know better people.

  • andella2000

    I am personaly contacting and bullying these principals myself. Let’s see how they like being called names while nobody can help them. Fuckers want to know what it’s like to be bullied here comes their taste! Thank you for printing their info!

  • Kevin

    I’m sorry but this article is complete bullcrap. Even if they did make him delete the reecording what is the justification for him being arrested for disorderly conduct. He must have done something to cause that. No policeman in the world would charge a kid for recording and deleting a tape, he hasnt broken any law. I mean logically its ridiculous to beleive this article, Sensationalism is one thing but how stupid do they expect people to be!

  • Brianna Bastin

    I remember reading a law that said that as long as you are also in the recording then it isn’t illegal. At least in TX. And I could be wrong.

  • Melissa Williams

    How does a public school classroom have an expectation of privacy?

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  • Ace

    This is NOT a sparsely populated part of the state at all. This is SUBURBAN PITTSBURGH. It is not southern Fayette County (a more rural county that borders West Virginia), as one might assume.

  • Ardelle

    Why in the hell are they smiling? Wrong is wrong and they know bulling is WRONG! The judge is off her rocker – time to get real. Punish the ones who did the bullying – not the victim

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  • Stan

    This is cruel bullying. Heartless! This needs to be news for most of the world to see. Schools are expelling little kids for playing with imaginary guns but they do nothing to protect this child to can’t really defend himself.
    “For all you do to the least you do to me” God

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