GOOD NEWS Conviction Against Teen Who Recorded Alleged Bullies Will Be Dropped
A Pennsylvania district attorney’s office will withdraw a conviction against a teen who recorded his alleged bullies.
15-year-old Christian Stanfield, a student at South Fayette High School, recorded the alleged tormentors. He told Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story yesterday that he felt nothing was being done to stop it.
The school’s wiretapping charge against Stanfield was rejected. However, a judge convicted Stanfield of disorderly conduct and fined him $25.
The family appealed the ruling and now, the Allegheny County DA's office will overturn that conviction. Questions remain about how the bullying victim became the criminal.
On America’s Newsroom, syndicated radio host Lars Larson called the school’s refusal to intervene and force Stanfield to erase the evidence a crime.
“In most places in America, if you raise your fist, if you assault somebody, if you cause somebody to fear for their life or safety … it’s a crime to intimidate people or assault them,” he said, adding that the school officials should be charged with tampering with evidence.
He argued on the side of the student, saying that Stanfield can use the choice of evils defense in court.
“In this case, I think Christian chose the lesser evil. He broke the wiretap law which thousands of Americans do every day. And he did it to prevent […] the criminal behavior against him and the malfeasance of teachers and administrators for destroying evidence and refusing to report the crime against he child.”
Syndicated radio talk show host Leslie Marshall noted that it's unlikely Stanfield broke wiretapping laws because he used his iPad to record the other students while they were supposedly bullying him.
Regardless, she said, “The most important thing is that the issue of bullying for this young man is addressed. […] If there’s any reprimand, it comes to the teacher and the school district looking inside and saying what can we do better to protect our children.”
UPDATE: Today on The Real Story, Stanfield’s attorney Justin Steele said the family hopes to work it out with the school.
“Christian sees a bigger problem here – trying to deal with bullying in schools and how do we solve this problem,” Steele said, adding that if the school is unwilling to cooperate, they will pursue legal action.
At this point, it’s unclear whether the alleged bullies will face consequences.
In a statement, South Fayette Township School District said: “It is to be noted that certain information being disseminated by the media is inaccurate and/or incomplete.”
Steele responded, saying he’s unaware of any inaccuracies.