With bullying awareness on the rise in our nation, many students and families are trying to take a stand. A young student at South Fayette High School finally had enough when he decided to record bullying incidents directed at him during class. Using an iPad, the boy made an audio recording of the attacks to use as evidence in his case. The 15-year old boy alleged that he had been harassed daily for several months before finally making the iPad recording. Shea Love, the boy’s mother, told reporters that “they were calling him some really bad names, talking about pulling his pants down” (WPXI, 2014). Despite these allegations, the young boy who made the recordings was eventually charged with disorderly conduct, had to pay fines, and was forced to delete the recording. In response to these charges from South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet, the family hired an attorney and they are filing a civil suit.
“Cops keep firing in my environment / middle finger to the law.” These immortal words from New York rapper Nas were most likely running through Robert Bell’s head on August 6, 2011, except there were no guns involved and Nas was nowhere to be seen. Mr. Bell left the Slaughtered Lamb Pub in Greenwich Village, NY and decided to give three policemen a little piece of his mind. He flipped them the bird and seconds later was arrested for disorderly conduct, obscene gesture, public alarm, and annoyance. His stated reason for throwing the universal gesture was not only to insult the three personally, but also because he just does not like cops in general. Robert Bell has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating his constitutional rights on what he believes is protected speech. On top of that, he is suing for assault, false arrest, and, my favorite, emotional distress.