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reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
I do understand you point of view. Personally I believe that the judge was a bit harsh in this case, when it came to punishing the child, and could have been a bit more lienient in this case, as the child did have good extrenious circumstance and just cause for breaking the law in the first place.
But 2 wrongs do not make a right, but there can be some good that comes out of this case, and that being what I stated in my original post, that an investigation needs to be done, to verify and determine what all is going on in this classroom when it comes to this one student and his classmates. If they are not going to do anything, then it will give the wrong impression all around and show that neither the administration, or school board or the staff is operating within their mandate, nor the courts or the police.
What is truly ironic, Pen state does have on its books, laws about bullying, and I think that this should alert the authorities that they do need to pay attention.
Yesterday, I mentioned the appalling ordeal of Christian Stanfield, a 15-year-old boy with ADHD who finally had enough of the bullying he'd had to endure for most of the year at his high school south of Pittsburgh since at least October. Back in February, he recorded several of his classmates bullying him in the middle of math class. However, when his mom showed the video to school officials, it was Christian who ended up taking the heat--in the form of a criminal charge for disorderly conduct. A local judge sided with the school and fined Christian $25 plus court costs. Read all about this travesty here.
Well, this story has a happy ending. Christian had been planning to appeal the judge's ruling in common pleas court on April 29. But late yesterday, he learned that hearing won't take place. The Allegheny County district attorney's office has announced that all charges against Christian will be dropped.
"She estimated there had been eight to 10 incidents in his math class, which ranged from spitwads being shot at her son to hand sanitizer being thrown at his back to attempting to burn Christian with a lighter."
And yet, nothing seems to have been done about it. According to Love, the video shows that the teacher didn't even try to see if Christian was OK after a loud slamming sound was heard and one of the punks who was bullying him said, "What? I was just trying to scare him." There isn't a prosecutor in this country who could bring charges against someone for recording this type of bullying and still keep his job. Though I have to admit, seeing the administrators of this school have to explain under oath why they didn't do something earlier would have been worth the price of admission. Seen in that light, the DA did this school one whopper of a favor.