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[quote="cooldryplace"]Well, this video's probably going to get a lot of attention. I was about to come and post it. Just a heads up, the intro is pretty long and the actual content starts at 3:00. In the intro he just says this, if you want to skip it: [quote] My name is Stuart Chaifetz, and my son, Akian, is a ten-year old boy who has Autism. Akian has always been a sweet and non-violent child, and that is why it was so distressing when notes started coming home from his school, Horace Mann Elementary in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, saying that he was having violent outbursts, including him hitting his teacher and aide. I could not understand why this was happening. I had never witnessed Akian hit anyone, nor could I dream of him lashing out as had been described to me. In October, I had a meeting with the IEP team (the teacher, school social worker, occupational therapist and speech teacher) to try to figure out what was going on. From that meeting, a behaviorist was called in who wrote a report. I sat down with the behaviorist on February 8, 2012 to review the findings. It was pointless; even though the behaviorist was in the classroom a number of times, not only had he never witnessed any violent event, but when he tried to create a scenario that would cause one to happen, he failed. 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. [/quote][/quote]
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Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 3:01 pm
Check this out. ABC seems to care more about the poor teacher who was taped.
Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:34 pm
teacher fired but aides in the classroom sent to other areas of the same school. That teacher can re-apply to another school.
Also I'm tired of hearing people stand up for these teachers by saying "Oh you just don't know how hard it is watching different kids!"
Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:35 pm
I can totally confirm that this can be the worst, teachers who're supposed to look after you for several hours a day shouting at you, shaking you and yanking you (not sure if this happened here), answering "what's going to happen"-questions/autistic repetitive questions in intentionally misinforming and, I think, vile ways, calling you names (I know of a case in which a young kid was called the worst of names such as a****** in front of other students not just once either) - because even if you don't understand every single word they say or their physical mistreatment, that really has the power to make stress levels in any kid sky-rocket. And ridiculously high stress in autistic kids and adults, they hamper development of new skills and academic learning and learnt skills and abilities such as doing maths or talking or going from familiar place A to familiar place B can suddenly turn out to "be gone". Way to go when dealing with autistic people.
I understand how come teachers at my regular school over 10 years ago in 5th and 6th grades had no understanding of this (though I can't forever understand how come they laughed and pointed and didn't try to get someone else involved to help me), albeit I have very little understanding of teachers like that these day who can receive of help and get tons of information even if that can make several workdays end really late. And most of all, anyone working for serious in a classroom specifically for autistic students should be painfully aware of this so there's the excuse of ignorance and not knowing of the severity of the consequences of their actions is working 0%. URGH. So disgusting.
Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:34 pm
. . . Some people really do just make me think: "and
Excellent, excellent point!
best way to put it, i agree.
sometimes i dont understand how people can live with themselves.
Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 9:13 pm
It's good that the teacher was fired. I also feel that the aids should get fired, never being allowed to work with children again.
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:22 pm
. . . Some people really do just make me think: "and
Excellent, excellent point!
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:22 pm
Just goes to show you that teachers can be bullies.
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:25 am
Post subject: Facebook
Just wanted to point out the facebook site. Looks like we have CNN, Anderson Cooper and lawyers involved.
Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:38 am
I hope that teacher is never employed again anywhere...
People like this are bullies. Were she a child now, at any opportunity she would be bullying this poor kid.
Some people really do just make me think: "and
Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:28 pm
this video repulses me so much.I really feel bad for the kid that his teacher would coax him into freaking out.
Posted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:01 am
I have been upset about this all day. Just want to teach the teachers a lesson, even though that'd be bringing myself down to their level.
Tomorrow I am going to do a painting about this.
It is all I can think of to do.
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:10 pm
Some possible institutional reforms:
I've long thought it's kind of crazy having one teacher supervising 20 kids. As an example, it wouldn't be such a winning set-up having one seasoned CPA supervising 20 new accountants.
So, maybe two teachers in each classroom as a transitional reform to the current system? (the worse offenders will have to be on somewhat better behavior) This combined with more frequent casual watching of the classroom by seasoned people.
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:58 pm
Some teachers are angry, frustrated people who should not be teaching. And they're mean to almost any kind (to an extent that it would shock and surprise parents).
I think some people like to take advantage of kids disabilities by abusing them knowing they get away with it because the kid can't go home and tell on them.
(30 second crapola commercial, sorry)
Teacher: “Did you go to see any books in the library or you just looked at sculptures [child crying] Oh Akian, you are a bastard.”
She would not use profanity in front of a child who could report it to a parent.
So, yes, both are true. Some of these bad teachers are meaner to kids with disabilities.
So this idiot teacher takes it so personally that:
1) an autistic child wants to do something original and creative (the sculptures might be more interesting than the books!)
2) that the child cries.
She harshly and trickily blames the child using complex language and sentence structure. She's not saying something coachful. She's saying something blameful.
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:16 am
I just received that video from a friend...couldn't sit through it without feeling a wide range of negative emotions. It's disgusting, really. I hope that teacher and the aides do, in fact, come clean and do the right thing...Akian definitely didn't deserve the sort of bullying he received!!
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:50 pm
This is my worst nightmare. I feel this is the equivalent of the Catholic church and the way they just move the offenders on to someplace else. The thought of children continuing to be exposed to these horrific people makes me seriously ill.
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