Bullying. It seems to be a perpetual nightmare only exacerbated when a child has special needs. While taunting is a part of every childhood, bullying threatens, intimidates, and can literally make a person shut down.
Since this is such a pervasive problem, with schools, advocacy groups, and even news media giving great attention to the issue, one would think that a school administration would be eager to quickly squelch any activity that clearly reveals bullying taking place. But not this week's winner.
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When his mother arrived to meet with the principal regarding her son's tormentors, she was instead stunned to discover that the principal had referred her son to the police for felony wiretapping because of the recording. In other words, instead of these deviant students being punished -- the very kids who were heard on audio threatening to pull down Stanfield's pants, spewing every sort of vulgarity, and mocking him right in front of a do-nothing teacher -- the principal, police officer and court all saw fit to further torment the one being bullied without intervention. While it is true that consent must be given from both parties involved in a recorded conversation in the State of Pennsylvania, a lack of wisdom and discretion clearly prevailed in this instance.
Thankfully, the criminal disorderly conduct charges were eventually dropped. It is good to know that there is at least one adult in the Allegheny County district attorney's office with some shred of common sense.
To her credit, Christian's mother, Shea Love, did a pretty remarkable job of keeping her composure and did the right things in this situation. The Mama Bear in me would have had heads rolling if this were my school district, not to mention a lawsuit underway. At the very least, Ms. Love is considering transferring her son to another school for the next academic year. Let's all pray that no matter what her decision, this is the end of her son receiving such treatment in ANY school.
~ Barb Dittrich
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