April 26th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Dad plants bug on autistic son to confirm school mistreatment

By Leigh Remizowski, CNN

(CNN) - A New Jersey man has launched a website to publicize what he calls "a culture of bullying" by teachers in his son's Cherry Hill classroom after sending the boy - who has been diagnosed with autism - to school with a covert recording device.

Stuart Chaifetz said he placed the recorder in the pocket of his 10-year-old son, Akian, in an attempt to find out why staffers at Horace Mann Elementary School had reported that the boy had been acting out and hitting his teachers.

What surfaced was more than six hours of recordings of what he says are teachers and aides apparently talking about alcohol and sex in front of the class, punctuated by yelling at his son to "shut your mouth."

Chaifetz posted the recording online Monday, which has since led to disciplinary actions, including the removal of at least one teacher, school officials said.

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  1. Sue

    Good for Dad. If everyone lived by the motto: " Act as though everything you do will be made public for everyone to see", there would be a lot less bullying, name-calling by adults who should know better, and probably crime in general.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm |