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Autistic Boy’s Father Exposes Bullying By Teachers

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Bullying is a hot topic is the education world right now, and a lot of schools are trying to take a stance against it. But what do you do when it’s your teachers who are bullying the students?

In New Jersey, Stuart Chaifetz was concerned that his 10-year-old autistic son was being accused of violent and aggressive behavior, behavior he’s never exhibited before. Determined to find out what was really going on, he fitted his son with a digital recording device and sent him to school as usual. And what he discovered was pretty shocking.

“The morning of February 17, I put a wire on my son, and I sent him to school,” Chaifetz says in a video he created to showcase the audio clips. “What I heard on that audio was so disgusting, vile, and just an absolute disrespect and bullying of my son, that happened not by other children, but by his teacher, and the aides — the people who were supposed to protect him. They were literally making my son’s life a living hell.”

The recordings are raw and intense. Angry adults yell at kids to “shut up,” “shut your mouth,” and “knock it off.” Adults have inappropriate personal conversations in front of the children, discussing how drunk they were the night before, complaining about their husbands, and talking in detail about adult issues. More than once, an adult goads Akian to the point of tears — and then laughs at him.  “Go ahead and scream,” one adult hisses menacingly at Akian. “Because guess what? You’re going to get nothing… until your mouth is shut.”

Chaifetz gave the audio to the school district. since then, one of the aides has been fired, while another aide, as well as the teacher, have been reassigned but not fired.

Students bullying students is one thing; at least the students can fight back. But for a teacher to bully students, especially students who can’t fight back or at least tell their parents what’s going on, that’s completely unacceptable. There is absolutely no good reason why these “teachers” should still be teaching after abusing their power like they did, and hopefully the school district will get a clue and fire them.

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