Christian Stanfield has been bullied for months—and reported it to school officials—when he decided to take matters into his own hands. One day in class, when the bullies were tormenting him again, right in front of a teacher, he took out his iPad and recorded them doing it. The recording is seven minutes long. On it, you can hear one student telling another to pull the boy’s pants down. When the teacher intervened, one of the bullies said, “What? I was just trying to scare him.”
“I wanted some help,” Christian
said during court. “This wasn’t just a one-time thing. This always happens
every day in that class.” Spitwads have been thrown at him. He’s been hit with
books. And, as his recording has shown, classmates threaten to expose him and
otherwise abuse him.
Despite complaints from him and
his mother, his Pennsylvania high school did little to curb the bullying. And
when the iPad recording came to light, they decided to categorize it as an
illegal wiretapping incident, and charged him with disorderly conduct.
A judge fined him $25 and he was
forced to erase the recording and attend Saturday detention. During the hearing,
Christian’s assistant principal said he did not believe the actions taken
against Christian qualified as bullying.
The family plans to appeal the
ruling and file a civil suit against the school district, Daily
Mail reports. Meanwhile, we’re in awe. Seriously? This happened? Tell
us what YOU think in the comments.
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/15/2014 4:41:00 PM
POSTED IN In the News, bullying