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DA to drop charge against bullied teen

on April 17, 2014 10:30 AM

MORGAN (AP) — The Allegheny County district attorney will drop a disorderly conduct conviction being appealed by a high school student who recorded others who bullied him.

The prosecutor’s decision Wednesday comes a day after South Fayette High School student, Christian Stanfield, publicly criticized the charge.

Township police had charged Stanfield with violating the state’s wiretapping law for using his iPad to record the taunts of other students in February.

A district judge threw out that more serious charge, but convicted the 15-year-old of disorderly conduct last month. Stanfield said he was collecting evidence of the bullying, and didn’t realize he broke a law by not getting the bullies’ permission before recording them.

School officials aren’t commenting on the incident but say they take bullying “seriously.”

The DA’s office didn’t approve the charge, but became involved once the citation was appealed.

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