10-year-old Akian Chaifetz is just a normal, autistic boy from New Jersey. He has a difficult time communicating, as many children with his condition do, but his father describes him as happy and loving. All that began to change after Akian started attending Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Soon after Akian started at the new school his mood began to change and his father started receiving reports from his teachers that he was lashing out at adults – often violently. At first, Stuart Chaifetz didn’t question the reports, though he did find it odd that these teacher’s were observing such uncharacteristic behavior in his son.
“I couldn’t understand what was happening,” said Chaifetz. “I had never witnessed Akian hit anyone, nor could I dream of him lashing out as had been described to me.”
Perplexed by the situation, Stuart Chaifetz sent his young son into school wearing a wire. Using the hidden device, Chaifetz was able to create covert audio recordings of the school day in Akian’s special needs classroom. What he discovered on the hours of audio tape that came back was beyond appalling.
Teachers taunted and bullied his son, calling him terrible names like “bastard” and cursing at him to “shut up!” They made fun of Akian to his face and laughed about it among themselves. Worst of all in Stuart’s eyes, they intimate to Akian that he may never see his father again, a cruel jab that prompts a hysterical episode. The whole account is captured in a viral video that Stuart posted on his website.
"The six and a half hours of audio I had proved that my son wasn't hitting the teacher because there was something wrong with him," a livid Chaifetz says. "He was lashing out because he was being mocked, mistreated and humiliated."
See the heartbreaking YouTube video that Stuart Chaifetz made below: