Special Ed Teen Charged With Disorderly Conduct For Recording Bullying


A 15-year-old special education student was charged with disorderly conduct after he secretly used his iPad to record audio of his classmate bullying him. The victim, Christian Stanfield, said he was tired of the torment from his classmates and decided to make an audio recording of the bullying in hopes of getting the offenders in trouble. Instead, Stanfield got himself in trouble and threatened with wiretapping charges by the principal. SFHS principal Scott Milburn was presented with Stanfield’s audio evidence on Feb. 12 and promptly called police, claiming he had “a wiretapping incident” to report. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to secretly record audio. He was found guilty on March 19 and fined $25 plus court costs. “I wanted some help,” Stanfield said. “This wasn’t just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class.”

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