Principal Scott Milburn
Someone Being Bullied
Male | Fayette City, PA   United States
Principal has boy arrested for wire tapping after recording his bullies as proof
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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4/09/14 11:13 AM
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A Pennsylvania high school sophomore took a recording device to school so that he could capture audio of some fellow students bullying him, but when he brought it to school officials, instead of questioning the alleged bullies, administrators reportedly tried to get the student charged with felony wiretapping. Just last month, the student was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

According to, the boy and his mother, Shea Love, testified that the boy had been shoved, mocked, and almost burned with a cigarette lighter on numerous occasions. The student tried to explain why he recorded the incident in the first place.

“I wanted her [his mother] to understand what I went through,” said the boy. “Like, it wasn’t like I was over exaggerating it. I wasn’t lying. It was really happening. I was really having things like books slammed upside my head. I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

The student and his mother claim that when they brought the recording to school officials, it was destroyed, and Principal Scott Milburn called in a police officer to proceed with charging the student with felony wiretapping.

Despite what seemed to be a valid reason for recording the bullying, a judge still found the sophomore guilty of disorderly conduct.

“Normally, if there is — I certainly have a big problem with any kind of bullying at school,” said District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet during the hearing. “But normally, you know, I would expect a parent would let the school know about it, because it’s not tolerated. I know that, and that you guys [school administrators] would handle that, you know. To go to this extreme, you know, it was the only alternative or something like that, but you weren’t made aware of that and that was kind of what I was curious about. Because it’s not tolerated, but you need to go through — let the school handle it. And I know from experience with South Fayette School that, you know, it always is. And if there is a problem and it continues, then it is usually brought in front of me.”

According to reports, none of the bullies were reprimanded for their actions, despite evidence proving that they were harassing the student, and those kids still remain enrolled at the school.

“I refuse to be threatened,” said Love, the boy’s mother. “I just want my son to have a chance to bloom and not fall so far behind in a totally disruptive environment.”

Love says they plan to appeal the conviction.

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Posted By: CarolineUser Verified | 4/11/14 2:20 PM
No surprise with this school district. Different set of standards for different students. The anti bullying only applies to a select few. What a joke. If your kid is not a jock or academically in the top 5 or 10 of their class the administration can't be bothered with either parent or student. It's a perfect school district to hear some talk, but ask around and break out of your social click and see what really going on here. This incident and pathetic reaction by the principal and magistrate is typical, not surprising, but infuriating. School tax payers, wake up.
Posted By: stewy74 | 4/11/14 2:58 PM
I went to south Fayette, when I was in 10th grade I was being bullied(received death threats, and had my stuff vandalized) I told numerous teachers, but they did nothing. I then told the dean and he gave me a detention for telling. The students that were bulling me used vulgar terms toward me that I reciprocated to the dean so he would have them for documentation. The students did not receive any discipline, because they denied it ever happening. The bullying continued for the rest of the year.
Posted By: Kriegar | 4/13/14 6:42 AM
It seems a typical response to bullying, by school administrators to me. That was the way they cted back in my day, and I never witnessed a change when my children were in school, either.

I suggest that we contact each institution involved, and voice our feelings regarding this situation. This should not be allowed to stand.
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