Court overturns boy's conviction for taping school fight
Oct. 26, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says a 14-year-old middle school student shouldn't have been convicted of disorderly conduct for using his cellphone to record a fistfight by two boys inside a school bathroom last year.
A Superior Court panel this week overturned the summary conviction, saying prosecutors didn't prove the recording created a hazardous or physically offensive condition.
The court opinion says the conviction can't stand because the boy only showed the recording to his girlfriend and one other person.
The judges say their decision might be different in the future, if there's a recording that's more widely disseminated.
The 45-second recording of the fight at Dubois Area Middle School in Clearfield County shows the boys talked, squared off, shoved each other and then threw punches.