Learn all about Akian Chaifetz, the bullied autistic boy whose twisted classroom life was exposed by shocking a video released by his father, Stuart Chaifetz, on Tuesday.
Here's a look inside the horrific verbal and emotional abuse that 10-year-old Akian Chaifetz sustained at the hands of teachers who were supposed to be educating and taking care of him, all of which was recorded and released in a YouTube video by his brave father, Stuart Chaifetz.
The Cherry Hill, N.J. autistic boy was bullied for six months or longer by his public school teachers and support staffers, and his father is upset that the educators have not been disciplined more satisfactorally and swiftly.
During the period of months when Akian Chaifetz was bullied, his father, Stuart Chaifetz, says the level of abuse was staggering, and the video and audio recordings of his classroom, posted to YouTube with the title Teacher/Bully: How My Son Was Humiliated and Tormented by his Teacher and Aide, back up his claim.
At various points in the audio recording, you hear the 10-year-old, almost fully non-communicative autistic boy being told to shut your mouth and that he is such a bastard.
And as if that weren't bad enough, his teachers also talk about drinking wine and tell Akian Chaifetz that he won't be seeing his father anytime soon, to which the youngster responds by sounding as if he is going to burst into tears with disappointment and fear.
Stuart Chaifetz found out about the chilling actions of Akian's teachers after he kept receiving letters from the school saying that he was acting up, and that he was being violent. Stuart Chaifetz had never witnessed his son acting violently, and he even tried to work with professionals to see if he had gained violent tendencies in recent months, but it appeared that no such thing had happened.
So on Feb. 17, he attached an audio-recording device to Akian and sent him off to his school, according to a statement on his website.
That night, when I listened to the audio, my life changed forever, Stuart Chaifetz wrote.
Stuart Chaifetz went on to explain in the video that he believes the only reason the teachers were so cavalier with what they talked about, and so quick to be verbally abuse his son, and perhaps other students, is because the kids are autistic and thus unlikely to report them for their indiscretions.
After Stuart Chaifetz showed the audio recording to school administrators, one aide was fired, but at least two other adults can be heard on the tape, and that is why Chaifetz is taking his case public.
Stuart Chaifetz wrote on his website that he wants the teachers and aides who were present to apologize for what they did to Austin Chaifetz and other students through their words:
To this end, I seek a full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son's class for what they did to him, writes on his website. It is also far past time that these issues are allowed to be hidden from public view.
Click play below to watch the video in which Stuart Chaifetz takes us inside the twisted classroom of his bullied autistic son, Akian Chaifetz: