By: Krystle Crossman
Bullies are everywhere and all too often when a child says they are being bullied, they are ignored. One Pennsylvania teen recorded his bullies to show that he was telling the truth about how bad it had gotten. He suffers from ADHD, and anxiety disorder, and comprehension delay disorder. When it was discovered that he had recorded the bullies, they were not punished. The teen being bullied was convicted of disorderly conduct for wiretapping. How is that for justice?
The student used his iPad and recorded a video of the bullies and how they tormented him. The video was seven minutes long. Two of the students are heard threatening to pull his pants down, another snuck up behind him and made a loud noise in an attempt to scare him. When in front of the judge the 15 year old said that this happens every single day and he never feels like he is being heard when he says something about it so he decided to record it for proof. One of the worst parts is that the school knew that the bullying was happening and did nothing to stop it. He ended up being convicted of disorderly conduct, had to pay a fine, and also had to pay court fees. Fortunately on April 17th, the charges were dropped by the County.
This happens in schools all over the country and yet we wonder why students feel that they have nowhere to turn and eventually end up committing suicide. They don’t feel like they have support or anything who thinks that they are worth helping. Out of the data collected only 4% of teachers actually get involved and stop the bullying out of millions of cases every year. More and more schools are calling police in to handle disciplinary issues that they should be handling. Many times things are taken too far. There was a case where three African American boys were on the sidewalk waiting for the bus and the school called the police and had them charged with disorderly conduct because they were blocking pedestrian traffic.