New Jersey Autistic Boy Records Teachers' Alleged Abuse


"We strongly believe that the district acted swiftly, appropriately and judiciously with regard to the staff in the classroom," Board of Education President Seth Klukoff wrote. "What's more, we are confident that these decisions were informed first and foremost by compassion for the students."

Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche added, "Although this is a personnel matter and there are specifics that I cannot legally address publicly, I want to assure our parents that the individuals who are heard on the recording raising their voices and inappropriately addressing children no longer work in the district and have not since shortly after we received the copy of the recording."

Chaifetz has not been satisfied with the action taken.

"I'm not at war with the school district. I'm fighting the people that actually did this," Chaifetz said. In the video, he identifies the teacher and aide only as Jodi and Kelly. He said he did not want to release their last names and demanded that they come forward to publicly apologize. He has not heard from them.

"You don't hurt my son and get away with it, but that's what they were doing," he said. "They told me, 'It's a personnel matter and we can't talk about it.' Well, you can't talk about it, but I can. I'm not going to keep this a secret."

An outraged Chaifetz took to the Internet to defend his son and draw awareness to the issue.

He posted a video on YouTube called "Teacher/Bully: How My Son Was Humiliated and Tormented by his Teacher and Aide" on April 20. The video now has more than 210,000 hits and counting.

Chaifetz also created a Facebook page called No More Teacher Bullies and built a website with his story and the audio he recorded. He has found comfort in hundreds of emails and phone calls from supporters all over the world.

He hopes to lobby for legislation to fire any teacher who bullies a student, regardless of tenure or any other union restrictions.

"One part of this was to reclaim my son's dignity. He'll need closure one day," Chaifetz said. "I want him to know that he mattered. He was defended and he was loved."

Chaifetz is the most recent parent to catch a teacher mistreating a child with a disability.

In March, two Alabama teachers were put on administrative leave after the mother of 10-year-old Jose Salinas, who has cerebral palsy, attached an audio recorder to the bottom of his wheelchair and caught them scolding him about drooling, among other things.

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