New Jersey Teacher Torments 10-Year-Old With Autism *AUDIO*

Categories: Monsters


The above video was made by a New Jersey man whose 10-year-old son was tormented, mocked, and degraded by his special ed teacher and a teacher's aide at a school in New Jersey. His son, Akian, is a child with autism.

Akian's father, Stuart Chaifetz, was worried when he started getting notes sent home from Akian's school -- the Horace Mann Elementary School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey -- saying his son was having violent outbursts. Confused because his son had never been violent before, Chafietz sent Akian to school on February 17, with a "wire." What was captured on the audio recording is some of the most despicable stuff we've ever heard.

Chaifetz posted several of the audio recordings on his website, which you can see by clicking here.

In the recording, you hear several adults -- later identified as teacher's aide Jodi Sgouros and teacher Kelly Altenburg --telling the kids to "shut up," "shut your mouth," and "knock it off." At one point, the women discuss -- in front of the children -- how drunk they were the night before, and complain about their husbands. Later, one of the women calls Akian a "bastard."

"Go ahead and scream," one adult snaps at Akian when he starts crying. "Because guess what? You're going to get nothing... until your mouth is shut."

The Collingsworth Patch reports that Sguoros was fired and Altenburg was reassigned, but still has a job with the district.

The Cherry Hills School District did not respond to the Voice's request for comment, but tells the Collingsworth Patch that the incident was "an internal personnel matter that the district took seriously and handled appropriately."

Chaifetz apparently doesn't think it was handled appropriately, writing on his blog that "I don't know why the teacher wasn't fired. Maybe the District had no choice; perhaps tenure or HR regulations did not permit them to do so. I know that they were sincere and shocked when they found out what happened. I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt in this."  

We contacted Chaifetz to see if he had any photos of Sguoros or Altenburg he'd be willing to hand over to us so we could further shame these two monsters. Hopefully he gets back to us. Check back for updates.
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11 comments
RowanWood
RowanWood

Such a heart breaking story. I hope the rest of those teachers got fired since this was made.

Russell Hornig-Rohan
Russell Hornig-Rohan

I found this article interesting because before people used to make fun of me because I was smarter than they were. However, today people are able to recognize the fact that I am on the autism spectrum and do not make fun of me at all; they only tease me in friendly ways. The Paddle for Autism Awareness is taking place on Saturday August 4th at Valentino Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

Jonathan Huffman
Jonathan Huffman

Please sign this petition demanding the dismissal of Kelly Altenburg, Akian's teacher, from her position at Cherry Hill Schools. This petition will be sent directly to the school district. Thank you.

http://www.change.org/petition... 

SMG
SMG

I am the mother of a 17 year old with autism who spent 6 years in this very school district  It is the tone of this womans voice that is so horrible.  Lack of respect for special needs chidren and their families is endemic to the admisitrators of this school district.  The teacher in the video is not the only person at Horace Mann who turned her back on Akian. 

Holden17C
Holden17C

I applaud Mr. Chaifetz for standing up for his son, whose condition does not allow him to speak for himself. It is also nice to hear him say that he is not interested in suing. He just wants justice for his son and the other students.

In the midst of this outrage, people should remember that there are some amazing teachers out there, and those who work with special needs students can be especially caring. My neighbors' son has Down syndrome, and they rave about the awesome teachers and aides who work with him. He loves school and is very happy.

I salute all the teachers who sincerely embrace the great challenges of their jobs and become positive influences in young people's lives.

ljcarolyne
ljcarolyne

How cruel, this teacher should be fired or worse.  I'd shut her up permanently.  She's a liar, call the school - call the teacher.  Make it clear - how you feel and what should happen to this nasty mouth teacher.  Heartbreaking.

ibivi
ibivi

This is deplorable.  It can be difficult and trying to provide care for physically disabled children but this is totally inappropriate.  Maybe teachers needed a break to destress.  Fix your system to help teachers who do this work.         

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Great story, Mr. King.

This teacher should not be teaching.

nellpost
nellpost

Most of us who go into teaching do not do it for the money.  Nor do we do it for the prestige.  It's usually not because of the bonuses.  We do it because we love helping children/students learn.  What a shame when these types of "educators" take the spotlight and shame our profession.  IMO

Guest
Guest

Why is it nice to hear that he is not interested in suing?  

If I punch you in the face and break your nose, and then pay for the medical bills, is that justice?  No, you still got punched in the face.  

Likewise, solving the problem prospectively doesn't address the harm that was already inflicted.  The kid was tormented.  Firing and/or transferring the teachers doesn't undo the damage.  That's why in America, we have civil liability.  

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