Gawker reports on another case of a student wearing a wire to school to gather proof of abuse by teachers. Stuart Chaifetz started to get suspicious when he began receiving notes from the school claiming that his 10 year old autistic son, Akian, was being violent in class. This behavior didn’t match the demeanor of the boy he was at home. So Mr Chaifetz sent his son to school one Friday in February with a wire to record what happened to him. He describes his shock at hearing his son being called a bastard, and generally abused by his teacher and an aide. When he took the recording to the school however, the result was that only one aide got fired, and the teacher concerned was merely transferred to another school in the district.
“I love and respect my son too much to let those who mistreated him have their shameful actions buried and hidden,” says Chaifetz, who demands a “full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son’s class for what they did to him.”
Mr Chaifetz has set up a website describing what happened, including the audio, and doesn’t plan to let the matter be swept under the carpet.
In addition to the abuse, Akian’s teachers at Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey were also displaying wildly inappropriate conversational standards. They can be heard on the audio discussing sex and being drunk at school, while gossiping about pupils and their parents. They were also swearing openly. All in front of a class of ten year olds.
‘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 that were supposed to protecting him. They were literally making my son’s life a living hell,’ Chaifetz said.
In addition to the website, Mr Chaifetz has uploaded 17 minutes of the audio onto YouTube where it has attracted over 30,000 likes so far and appears to be in the process of going viral. Users on the site have reacted with horror to the audio which shows the teacher taunting the autistic boy.
The class at Cherry Hill was a self-contained autistic class, so it wasn’t a case of a teacher being unprepared to deal with his special needs. Every child in that class had some degree of autism and the teachers knew that they would also be unable to communicate anything that happened in the class to their parents.