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When his 10-year-old son, Akian, started getting into trouble at school, Stuart Chaifetz was stunned. The notes from Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, N.J., said that Akian, who has autism, was having violent outbursts and hitting his teacher and his aide -- behavior that the boy had never exhibited before. "I could not understand why this was happening," Chaifetz, a 44-year-old animal rights activist in New Jersey, wrote on his website. "I had never witnessed Akian hit anyone, nor could I dream of him lashing out as had been described to me."
"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."
And later: "Oh, Akian, you are a bastard."
Originally posted by quedup
I admire this guy so much for exposing what I'm sure goes on in schools a lot more than we think. Yes there are some excellent teachers but it only takes ONE to ruin a lot of lives.
I'm amazed this hasn't gone viral and hope it does - in protection of children everywhere.
S&F to bump it - come on guys spread the word so Mums and Dads can just keep that closer eye on how there kids are being treated by the very people we should be able to trust.
Flag it!!!!edit on 25-4-2012 by quedup because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by CoherentlyConfused
reply to post by Master_007
These children are disabled. Did you not get that part? This man's son cannot express himself through spoken communication.
I wouldn't treat a dog that way.
So you feel the teacher and aides' actions in the audio were acceptable? So having a conversation with 10 year olds with autism about how drunk you got last night was a good thing to you?edit on 26-4-2012 by CoherentlyConfused because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TheMindWar
I cannot understand some people, if I ever saw any person abusing a child I would beat the living the cr*p out of them.
Originally posted by ValentineWiggin
I just cant watch this, right now, having an autistic child. I can use my imagination though, and all I can say is put this on the list of reasons I'm considering homeschooling.