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Dad Sends Boy With Autism To School Wearing Wire, Records Teacher Bullies

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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After Stuart Chaifetz was told that his "sweet and non-violent" 10-year-old son Akian was acting violently at his New Jersey school -- including physical assaults against his teacher and teacher's aide -- he decided to investigate.

Akian has autism, as do the rest of the students in the class. This prevented him from being able to explain to his father if anything had been happening to him at school. Chaifetz decided the only way to find out what was behind the outbursts was to send his boy to school wearing a hidden audio recorder.

While Akian's teacher and colleagues denied anything out of the ordinary was happening, the recordings Chaifetz listened to told a different story.

"You would never get away with talking about your alcohol abusethe night before if this was a mainstream class," Chaifetz says in the YouTube video (below). "And that's the point, isn't it? They knew none of those boys could go home and tell their parents that the person who ran that class was under the influence of alcohol and was throwing up."

As the video continues, Chaifetz introduces the viewer to the voice of his son's teacher, "Kelly", and her classroom aide, "Jodi".

"Who are you talking to, nobody?" Kelly asked Akian, who often talks to himself. "Knock it off," Jodi says sharply.

Upset, Akian begins to cry. "Go ahead and scream because guess what? You're going to get nothing until your mouth is shut," one of the teachers snaps. "Shut your mouth."

The abuse escalates as the video progresses, with Jodi saying, "Oh Akian, you are a bastard."

"She betrayed my son and caused him great pain. If some union rule or HR regulation has allowed her to keep her job, then the law needs to be changed so that the next time a teacher bullies a child, especially one with special needs, they will be immediately fired. For me to do nothing would mean I was treating my son with as much disrespect as they had," he added.

Chaifetz said that he made the heartbreaking video after the Cherry Hill Public School District officials listened to the recordings and decided not to fire the teacher, but rather move her to a different classroom. The aide, Jodi, was fired however. Chaifetz is calling for both the teacher and aide to publicly apologize and for the teacher to resign from her position at Horace Mann Elementary School. 

"Don't underestimate persons with autism, try to understand"

http://ariasautism-livingwithautism.blogspot.com/

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southern.momof2
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM
I watched this yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes. How can anyone treat a child that way? It's so disgusting! All adults in that room should be fired!
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Jaxmomof2600
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Good for him.  They always says kids don't know what their talking about.  Maybe some other teachers will think twice.

tinkerbellbay
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:06 AM
Wow that made me cry
JustCJ
by Charlotte on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:07 AM
I did to...I didn't make it through, it really made my heart hurt.

Quoting southern.momof2:

I watched this yesterday and it brought tears to my eyes. How can anyone treat a child that way? It's so disgusting! All adults in that room should be fired!
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-Chaotic-
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM
So not watching, but why the hell didnt they fire that bitch!?
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.Pagan.
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

i saw it on the news this morning and i was sooo mad and sad at the same time. i can only imagine my response had this happened to my child. i have ad teachers like this in the past as well. it makes me pretty apprehensive abt sending my son to school later on...i am def going to be interviewing a few differentschools when the time comes. id like to know that the teachers are monitored well and also get to meet them so that i can get a feel for their energy. that poor boy did not deserve to be subjected to such sorry excuses for human beings and im soooo happy that the father went with his gut about something not being right there.

Cubanmom84
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I get that they speak about inapropriate stuff in front of the kids, we are humar, as parents sometimes you let things slip. But knwingly sent a child into a half an hour freaking meltdown, is just being freaking hurtfull. 

Petyonsmommy
by Bronze Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:29 AM
Can someone link this video Im mobile and cant find it on YouTube . Thank YOU
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Cubanmom84
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

http://youtu.be/tfkscHt96R0

Quoting Petyonsmommy:

Can someone link this video Im mobile and cant find it on YouTube . Thank YOU


"Don't underestimate persons with autism, try to understand"

http://ariasautism-livingwithautism.blogspot.com/

Petyonsmommy
by Bronze Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:32 AM
Thank you

Quoting Cubanmom84:

http://youtu.be/tfkscHt96R0

Quoting Petyonsmommy:

Can someone link this video Im mobile and cant find it on YouTube . Thank YOU


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