MANTENO, Ill. (CNNMoney/KMOV.com) — Instead of landing in detention, a 13-year-old is fighting a felony charge. It’s all because he recorded a conversation during school.
Paul Boron says he called to the principal’s office in February at his middle school. According to the teen, he argued with the educator with the door open.
Boron says after about ten minutes, he told the principal and assistant principal he was recording the conversation on his cellphone. The teen says that’s when the principal told him he committed a felony.
Two months later, Boron was charged with one count of eavesdropping, a class 4 felony. Illinois is a two-party consent state, which means all parties involved need to consent before one can record the conversation.
Boron’s family is fighting back, citing his age and the ambiguity of the law.