Recording A Bully


Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons BlogI’ve said this before and will say over and over—schools aren’t equipped to stop bullying without cooperation from parents and possibly law enforcement. Teachers and principals aren’t police officers, bullying is hostile, it’s angry, and dealing with it is asking too much from an educator.

Many parents feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to dealing with their child’s bully. They expect the school can and should “nip it in the bud.” This case is a perfect example of how frustrated parents are about bullying.

BLOG POST #165: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 9-year-old bully victim and her mother. (Helpful resources at the bottom)

Not Again

In third grade, her daughter had been kicked in the stomach and hit with a jump rope on the playground.

The mother said she’d repeatedly reached out to administrators after her daughter complained about being bullied, but got no response.

Desperate to stop the bullying, she gave her daughter a recording device and her daughter placed the device in her desk to record the school day. There was nothing recorded because the device had been found and confiscated by school officials.

You’re Under Arrest

The community was outraged when the mother was arrested and charged with intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications—a felony—in addition to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A petition calling for the mother’s charges to be dropped garnered nearly 5,000 signatures.

After reviewing the case, the District Attorney’s Office decided not to move forward with the charges. Had the mother been found guilty of the charges she faced up to five years in federal prison.

Worth Mentioning: At the time this happened, the state was a one-party consent state. Someone could record a conversation or phone call if they were a party to the conversation or had permission from one party to the conversation in advance. It was unclear if the 9-year-old could legally be the one party who gave consent.

Here’s some research you may have missed on a case where the grandmother felt the school failed to protect her bullied granddaughter. A Sexual ‘Hit List’ At The High School

Also some great resources for parents: and Bullying Guide from

What are your thoughts about this case? What are your thoughts on how to stop bullying in schools? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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