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NJ Father fights back after school teacher bullies autistic son

NJ Father fights back after school teacher bullies autistic son

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This amazing video from a concerned dad has garnered nearly 3 million views since it debuted on YouTube less than a week ago. Stuart Chaifetz took to the internet with his story after his autistic 10-year-old son, Akian, started coming home with notes from teachers complaining about violent outbursts. Knowing his son to be a sweet and non-violent child, Chaifetz decided to take action:

Something was terribly wrong. I felt I was beginning to lose my son -- that these outbursts were changing his very nature. The teacher and school social worker tried to downplay it, to the point of almost mocking me for my concern. But I knew my son. I knew this wasn't him. And I knew I had to find out what was happening in his class that was having such a dramatic impact on him.

On the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012, I wired my son and sent him to school. That night, when I listened to the audio my life forever changed, for I heard my son being bullied by his teacher and aide.

What Chaifetz heard was shocking audio of Akian's teachers humiliating him, repeatedly yelling at him to "shut up" and calling the child a "bastard."  When Chaifetz confronted the teacher about the things said to his son, the teacher lied.  Chaifetz is now demanding the teachers be reprimanded and his pleas have gone viral:

Warning: This audio may be disturbing for some.

Chaifetz says he hopes the video leads to legislative action for zero tolerance from this type of behavior from educators in New Jersey.  Meanwhile, he says his son has moved into a new school environment and is doing really well.

"I really hope this starts a conversation, and I hope people out there who are, who do have the power, can take a breath and say, 'If this can happen here, then it can happen in every state in every town.' And as long as we keep this quiet, it will continue to happen," Chaifetz said.

The Cherry Hill School District released a statement assuring parents that the teacher and aide in the video no longer worked in the district -- a claim Chaifetz contends.

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