Chaifetz sent his child, Akian, to school in Cherry Hill, just a few miles east of Philadelphia, with a hidden recording device for a full day.
Chaifetz said he made the hidden recording because he couldn’t figure out why the school told him Akian was being violent in class. Akian had no history of violence, Chaifetz said.
When Chaifetz listened to the 6 1/2 hours of audio, he concluded Akian broke down and became violent directly as the result of school employees bullying his son.
In one of several examples in the video, a school employee is recorded calling Akian a profanity after he started crying. Chaifetz said Akian began crying after he wasn’t reassured that he could see his parents.
“This woman stabbed him with words,” Chaifetz said in the video. “Is that not the definition of being a bully: when you take someone with disabilities and you make fun of them, humiliate them and hurt them?”
Chaifetz turned over all the audio to the school board. One of the employees was fired, but the other employees are still with the school system, Chaifetz said.