How would you feel if your child was being bullied at school? When I ask that, I mean your child with autism, who is minimally verbal. How do you feel now? Now imagine your child suddenly starts acting out aggressively at school, with no prior history of that kind of behavior.
It would be pretty upsetting, I imagine.
What if you found out your child was being called a “bastard” and told to “shut his mouth”?
Me? I’d feel a burning rage hotter than a thousand suns.
But wait. It’s not another child saying those things to your kid.
It’s his teacher. And his teacher’s aide.
Feel sick yet?
We would never, ever stop until those people were held accountable, would we? The very people entrusted with the care and nurturing of children that are already vulnerable, children with special needs, are the ones to violate that sacred trust and cause HARM to those children.
This really did happen. It happened in Cherry Hill School District in New Jersey, to a little boy named Akian. You see, the reason we know these things happened is because his dad sent him to school with a wire. He was so desperate to get to the bottom of things, he had to resort to wiring his child to get answers. What he got was hours of recorded evidence of the teachers having inappropriate conversations and bullying his son.
The teacher DID NOT GET FIRED. The aide was dismissed, but the teacher was moved to another school. Case closed.
Not for Akian’s dad. He has put together a video that includes the actual recordings taken that day at school. He has also put together a website.
He is not suing for money. He is asking for a public apology from those teachers, to his son. He is asking for the teacher’s resignation.
He is asking for his son’s dignity.
Please watch the video. It’s about 15 minutes long.
Here is the website where you can sign a petition:
The video has made it’s way around, and caught the attention of Jillsmo, who is not looking for any recognition from this. She put up a post and link to the video on Facebook. I happened to click the link and watched the video.
Now, we are asking that fellow bloggers from the autism community put up a post about this horrible case of teacher bullying. We want this to get noticed. I want to see media attention.
Personally, I want every teacher and administrator throughout this country to know that parents of special needs kids are watching, and we will rally together to call for accountability of all school personnel involved in bullying, or covering up bullying.
As you read this, I ask you to put up a post on your blog.
For your children. And mine.
Editors note: This post may be copied in its entirety and reprinted elsewhere, without credit to the author. It must, however, contain links to Stuart Chaifetz’s website and video.