The attorney for a Pennsylvania teen convicted of disorderly conduct for videotaping his alleged tormentors harassing him at school says the boy's family will pursue a civil suit against the school district while appealing the judge's ruling.
Shea Love, the teen's mother, told WXPI.com her son was bullied by fellow students at South Fayette High School and recorded the incident on his iPad. When school officials learned about the recording, they reportedly forced him to delete it.
"They were calling him some really bad names, talking about pulling his pants down," Love told the station in March.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Love's 15-year-old son, who has been diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder, was found guilty of disorderly conduct and fined $25 plus court costs.
Love questioned why school officials decided to contact police to discuss a possible violation of wiretapping laws but refused to confront the students whose voices were allegedly captured on the iPad harassing her son, the newspaper reported.
"The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare," told the Tribune-Review. "This whole ordeal has made my son miserable."
According to a transcript of a March 19 court hearing obtained by the newspaper, the teen said he made the seven-minute recording "because I always felt like it wasn't me being heard." He said classmates bullied him for several months.
"I wanted some help," the boy was quoted as saying. "This wasn't just a one-time thing. This always happens every day in that class."
According to the hearing transcript, district officials forced him to erase the recording and punished him with detention. He was charged with disorderly conduct after police decided the case did not warrant a felony wiretapping charge.
The teen's attorney, who was not identified, told WXPI.com the family plans to appeal the ruling and file a civil suit against South Fayette School District.
School officials could not be reached by the Tribune-Review for comment.