Kid uses Apple iPad to record bullying, ends up busted for illegal wiretapping

Kid uses Apple iPad to record bullying, ends up busted for illegal wiretapping
The saying "Man plans, God laughs," never applied so perfectly as to the predicament that befell a high-school sophomore in Pennsylvania. After complaining to his mom about being bullied in school, he decided to obtain some proof. Using the Apple iPad given to him by the school, he planned to make an audio recording of his persecution.

The plan worked like a charm as our hero was able to record sounds of his daily verbal torture. Students were recorded making fun of him, which included some rude comments. While it appeared that there was no physical interaction, one of the bullies pretended to hit the sophomore just to scare him. The mother heard the recording, and as you would expect, she went ballistic. She set up a meeting with the principal, but here is where the story takes a wrong turn.

Yes, the principal called the cops, but not on the bullies. He arranged to have the iPad wielding sophomore arrested for felony wiretapping, explaining that the recording was made in a place where the other students expected privacy.

The kid had his day in court, and while the charges were lowered to disorderly conduct, he was found guilty by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet. The bullies? They got off scot free and were never punished. The kid's attorney says that he is appealing the verdict.

source: Ubergizmo



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sometimes the law system lacks common sense lol.

14. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Yes... and this is why U.S. is heading to a really bad place...

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So, from this incident, you arrive to that conclusion?

48. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

No, it's just one of the incident that leads to the conclusion. Well, I have that conclusion way before this. Everything goes by the rules, everyone is afraid to do the right thing because of the rules, but people who makes the rules lives above the rules...

50. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

US is self destructive

76. engineer-1701d unregistered

this incident times 10k thats what he means do you think this is the only kid in the school,city,state,country getting bullied remember the last few times it caused the kid to kill them self and others to take up guns and go on a killing spree. this is why things like that happen because the law system is messed up in america. go any other country and you will see the difference. i expect the principle will be getting his ass kicked lol.

81. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No probably these things off the top of my head. This incident. Lady suing mcdonalds for having hot coffee. Burglar suing home owner for his home being too dangerous for thieves. Apple getting 1 billion for calling dibs or calling shotgun. And many many more...

100. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually, the lady suing mcDonalds over that coffee was correct. Coffee should be hot, but not give you third degree burns.

105. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The lady suing McDonalds didn't even sue for that amount she sued for a lot less. McDonalds was ordered to pay that much in punitive damages. This comes from the fact that they already had multiple law suits for the same reason and did nothing to correct the issue.

40. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Are you 15?

29. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

I hate to say it. But this is why kids end up bringing guns to school. If this kid does I hope that he only shoots the principal.

38. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If this news gets big enough, the principal won't have a job long enough to get shot (while he's still a principal). What a ridiculously short-sighted move. I wonder how many parents will be pulling their kids out of his school.

58. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

The next student school council meeting will be a blood bath, thats for damn sure.

69. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

This has been a problem for decades. Students have no rights, and the school officials are all on powertrips.

94. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I kinda agree with this.

53. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

So what is the main point of this story, that abused kid was also busted for illegal wiretapping or that he was using an Apple product??? In my opinion the essence of this story is not Apple iPad! Also I think that it is not right to use stories like this on purpose to highlight one or another product (Ofcourse if it was done on purpose, right!?).

64. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This county is a rape/bully culture country. Victims are kept down.

98. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

This is the truth. Need to bring back spanking and spank the hate out of bullies.

72. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't get how this works. The students supposedly have an expectation of privacy in a public building, paid for by public money. But if there is suspicion that the student is into any illegal activities, their locker and their person may be searched because it's on school grounds. This shifting the rules for different circumstances needs to stop, otherwise why have rules at all.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I heard one time that a crook broke in to a couple's house, slipped, fell and injuried himself. Sued the couple and won the case. So this does not surprise me at all. The kid should have just punched the bully right in the face and make a fool of him in front of the entire school. At worst, he would have gotten a suspension. See I had this punk try to bully me at school, normally I just ignored it and he would go away but one time he made a comment about my mom, I lost it and punched his lights out. His nose bled and he cried, everyone laughed at him. I got in trouble, but it was a slap on the wrist with a suspension. He never bothered me, or anyone else again. Bullies only bully you if you put up with it, if you fight them, they will stop.(Telling on them, does not work)Bullies need someone who they don't consider a threat and can get away with picking on.

104. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

That's from liar liar. It doens't seem far fetched in this crazy world but let's have some actual evidence of it first.

86. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

This is why shooting happen in school. I said the principle need to resign..... lets share this story to call principle resign and make a safer place for feature kids.

89. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

poor kid must be wishing he had just joined. lol

91. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Joined what?

95. express77 unregistered

now i understand how some companies are patent trolling so successfully. i thought US has good law system. poor kid and what a crackhead principal.

2. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Sigh.... Faith in Humanity Lost....

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

What kind of justice is this???

5. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Kangaroo Justice

9. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Is that supposed to be joke or what??? next time tell me in that I could laugh...

16. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

not really... Kangaroo justice is gerneral epic fail of justice.

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