Pa Student Charged with Crime for Protecting Himself by Recording Those who Bullied Him in School

Wow – here’s a startling story from a school district near Pittsburgh PA.

A special needs child was being aggressively bullied by his class mates – right in front of the teacher – with little to nothing being done about it.  So the kid turned on his I-pod and recorded what they were doing to him.

But when he went to the Principal with his complaint and evidence, the Principal threatened him with “felony charges” and contacted the local police.  Incredibly, although the prosecutor dropped the charges from “wiretapping” to “disorderly conduct” – the child was actually adjudicated as guilty by the local judge.  (Appeal pending)

You can find the story here:

I understand that PA is a “two-party consent” state for purposes of their state wire-tapping statute — but this is outrageous.  (NJ is a “one-party consent” state by the way)

The principal; the prosecutor; the judge — where was their common sense, and where was their concern for the victim?

Would they charge a woman who used her cell phone to record a sexual assault with a crime because she didn’t let her attacker know she was recording?


Significant Transition Victory for Students and Adults with Disabilities

Important settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – between the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Rhode Island.

The settlement provides that adult workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are currently working in segregated, sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs will instead now be able “to work in real [non-segregated] jobs at competitive wages.   Additionally, over the next ten years, 1,250 students with I/DD will receive services to help transition into the workforce.”

The agreement results from the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires that such persons be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.

This will likely start sweeping into other states.  It’s a huge victory for transitioning students and adults with these disabilities.