When single dad Stuart Chaifetz started getting reports that his son Akian was being violent in school, he knew something was wrong. Akian, a 10-year-old boy with autism, had always been very gentle. After six months of meetings with school staff with no change in Akian’s behavior, this Cherry Hill, NJ dad made a decision. One morning, he slipped a digital audio recording device in his son’s pocket, and sent him to school.
He was shocked by what he heard.
Over the course of six and a half hours of audio tape, Akian’s teacher and classroom aides can be heard discussing their use of alcohol, joking about lying to parents, colluding to thwart the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), complaining about their husbands, and making fun of students.
In one particularly crushing clip, a teacher calls Akian “a bastard” after making him cry.
For my interview with Stuart Chaifetz, his eloquent video, and a petition asking New Jersey lawmakers to enact "zero tolerance" legislation for teachers who bully, click here to see my post on Strollerderby.
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Because as Mr. Chaifetz said to me,
“The guilt here is not just the actions taken, but the inaction by people who could have done something. If you watch someone get bullied and do nothing, you’re just as guilty.”