With the statistics that nearly 13 million children suffer in schools and their community every year, we know that bullying happens to children frequently. But a recent NPR story discussed a recent survey, which found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. And it found that these kids are three times as likely as typical kids to have been bullied in the past month.
Upsetting, but now imagine that the bully is a grown-up. Or even worse than that–your child’s teacher. That’s what happened to Akain, a 10-year-old boy with autism. After notes started coming home from his school in Cherry Hill, NJ, stating that he was having violent outbursts, including him hitting his teacher and aide, Aikian’s father, Stuart Chaifetz, tried to find out why. When nothing came up, he decided to take things into his own hands and put a wire on his son. What he found was extremely disturbing and you can hear for yourself on the video above.
Despite the audio tape proof of bullying, the teacher and one aide did not get fired (one aide did get fired), but were moved to another classroom. Stuart Chaifetz made this video and has started a petition to make sure that teachers who bully children will be fired from their jobs. You can read the petition and sign it here. I did.