If this was a story about simple theft, it would not be a story. In Linden, Calif., sophomore Justine Betti video recorded a teacher stealing items from student backpacks, and after reporting the theft to Linden High School principal Richard Schmidig, Betti was told to delete the video evidence and the matter would be investigated.
The key word here is evidence, and there are two issues here. First, did Betti commit a crime video recording the teacher within the school locker room as she rifled through the student backpacks and second, did Schmidig suggest committing a crime by asking Betti to delete the video evidence.
I know California is a “two-party consent” state when it comes to recording audio communications but as to video, I’m not sure. What do you think? I’m wondering why law enforcement is not involved at this point.