No one knows our children and grandchildren better than we do. That’s why it can be so concerning when out of nowhere they begin to display disruptive behaviors.
Now imagine how much harder it can be for children with disabilities to tell someone when there’s a problem.
This is the story of how one dad, whose autistic son began to show signs of emotional distress, had to take extreme measures to catch his abusers red-handed.
New Jersey single dad Stuart Chaifetz said his 10-year-old autistic son, Akian, had been attending a special school for the disabled, located in the Cherry Hill School District, for over a year and a half.
Chaifetz, who described Akian as “wonderful and happy,” became worried when the school suddenly began to send home notes describing his son’s violent behavior.
Right away, he began to investigate, even seeing a school “behaviorist” to figure out what was triggering his son’s outbursts.
His efforts were unsuccessful and Akian’s emotional health was only getting worse.
Thinking it could be someone inside his classroom, Chaifetz decided to place a recorder in his son’s pocket before he went to school one day.
After listening to the recording, the heartbroken father learned his suspicions had been dead-on. During the six hours of audio, he could hear a teacher and a teacher’s aide bullying the young boy until he cried.