Disabled Boy Records Bullies Tormenting Him, Police Charge Him With Illegal Wiretapping
Back in 2012, the Huffington Post documented the new trend of parents having their disabled children wiretapped based upon abuse from teachers and bullying students alike. Although some organizations like the National Autism Association “strongly suggest” using recording devices if they suspect a problem, others like the National Association of Special Education Teachers say that secret recordings are a bad idea based upon legal issues and privacy rights of other children. In the worst case scenario the children being bullied might themselves get in trouble under the law. Unfortunately, this is apparently exactly what happened.
The disabled boy in this new incident was not named specifically, but his mother’s name is Shea Love, and she did not demand that her son record what the bullies were allegedly doing to him. The 15-year-old boy was previously diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder. The boy claims he was constantly being bullied at his school and in order to prove to his mother that he “wasn’t lying” he decided to use his school-issued iPad to record the bullying:
“I was really having things like books slammed upside my head. I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”