Actually, I'm reading this article with a critical eye now, and I realize that the police never said anything about wiretapping. Only the principal did:
The defendant testified before Judge McGraw-Desmet that he was forced to play the audio for the group and then delete it.
The "group" is the principal and a police officer. So who forced him to delete it?
Mr. Milburn told me to delete it, and I just felt, like, really pressured to do it.
So the school principal made him delete it. Probably because it embarrassed the school.
The officer said, “He believed he had a wiretapping incident."
So the officer says that the principal is the one who thought he had a wiretapping incident.
Principal Milburn advised her that her son was “facing felony wiretapping charges” because he made a recording in a place with an expectation of privacy, and that Officer Kurta agreed.
The only mention about the officer is the statement that the officer agreed, and it isn't a quote from anyone.
This further indicates that it was the school trying to hide their shame:
...the administrators gave the student a Saturday detention
Probably to pressure him into thinking it was all his fault.
So what legal trouble did he actually get it?
the magistrate pronounced him guilty of disorderly conduct.
No mention as to why that was. But the "magistrate" said nothing about wiretapping.
Now, the doozy:
The officer then admitted he did not hear the audio file in question or do an investigation into the recording, presumably because the student was ordered to erase it prior to his arrival at the school.
So the officer claims he wasn't even there for the recording!
Now it sounds like the principal pressured a student into a cover-up of his own teacher's discipline failures, and destroyed evidence in an investigation! Wow, I would *love* to see the ACLU get involved in this one!