Teen Facing Felony Charges for Recording Conversation With School Administrators

child arrestedA 13-year-old boy is facing felony charges for eavesdropping after he taped a conversation he had with two school administrators.

Paul Boron, 13, was called into the principal’s office after failing to attend a number of detentions he was given. But, before the meeting, he started recording the audio on his cellphone.

He admitted to taping the conversation where he argued with two administrators in the secretary’s office. Clearly, they didn’t react well to that!

The principal told Boron that he was committing a felony, ended the conversations, and called the cops. He was charged as a juvenile with one count of eavesdropping.

In the petition to bring the charge, the District Attorney wrote that Boron “used a cellphone to surreptitiously record a private conversation between the minor and school officials without consent of all parties.”

Furthermore, the school handbook says:

“All cellphones, smartphones and similar electronic devices must be kept powered-off and out-of-sight during the regular school day unless: the supervising teacher grants permission, use of the device is provided in a student’s individualized education program or it is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals, inappropriate or unapproved use may result in the device being confiscated and loss of the privilege to such a device.”

Some say it may be violating a person’s First Amendment rights, such as when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the law in March 2014.

That’s why Boron’s case is now raising a number of questions, such as when does someone have a “reasonable” expectation of privacy? And is it fair to expect people to know where to draw that line in their everyday lives?

So far, Boron’s case is being taken to court.

If he is found guilty, Boron said it could affect his future, which his parents agree with. His mother claims her son did nothing wrong. I bet he wishes he just went to those detention classes!

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Original article: Manteno Teen Facing Felony Eavesdropping Charge for Recording Meeting with School Administrators

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