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Bullied teen initially charged for recording bullies

SOUTH FAYETTE, Pa. (Derek Drake) -- A Pennsylvania mother of a high school student convicted of disorderly conduct wants the judge to reverse the decision.

Shea Love says her 15-year-old son, Christian Stanfield, has special needs and was being harassed for months by school bullies, but could never provide evidence of the bullying to school officials.

Stanfield, who is diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder, decided to record audio of the bullying that was going on in class one day.

The problem is, Pennsylvania state law prohibits secret audio recording.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, after questioning the boy about the recording, the district forced him to erase it and punished him with Saturday detention.

A judge also found the 15-year-old guilty of wiretapping and ordered him to pay a $25 fine.

The family appealed the ruling and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the charge, withdrawing the citation against the boy.

"No one in our office who is authorized to give advice on wiretap issues or school conduct issues was ever contacted in this matter," Mike Manko, a spokesman for the District Attorney's office told KDKA-TV in a written statement. "We have made multiple attempts to contact the officer who wrote the citation and (these) results have been unsuccessful. We do not believe this behavior rises to the level of a citation."

After the announcement by the District Attorney's office, Stanfield and his family met with Penn. State Rep. Jesse White, who told Stanfield he's drafting legislation called "Christian's Law."

The bill is aimed at closing the state's wire-tapping loophole which the teen was originally cited for.

Weigh in on this story and tell us what you think of the school's reaction to the teen's attempt to turn in those who were allegedly bullying him.


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