Kickass Dad of the Day: When Stuart Chaifetz learned that his 10-year-old son, Akian, was being violent and disruptive in class, he was puzzled. He knew Akian, who has autism, to be mild-mannered and sensitive, and had a hunch that something more was going on. But after several meetings with a team of school officials created to help special-needs students, nothing changed. So Chaifetz did what any concerned parent would do.
On the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012, I wired my son and sent him to school. That night, when I listened to the audio my life changed forever. I heard my son being bullied by his teacher and aide. The six and a half hours of audio I had proved that my son wasn’t hitting the teacher because there was something wrong with him — he was lashing out because he was being mocked, mistreated and humiliated. His outbursts were his way of expressing that he was being emotionally hurt at school.
The New Jersey father has since launched a website full of damning evidence and aFacebook page, and he is petitioning the state to change legislation so that teachers who bully children are immediately fired. The aide has been fired, but the rest of the staff have merely been relocated.
“I seek a full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son’s class for what they did to him,” Chaifetz says. “It is also far past time that these issues are allowed to be hidden from public view.”
THIS IS HOW YOU PARENT AN AUTISTIC CHILD
THIS IS HOW YOU ADVOCATE FOR THEM
THIS IS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR CHILD
THIS IS HOW YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS
AND THIS IS HOW YOU CATCH SHITTY HORRIBLE DISGUSTING “SPECIAL EDUCATION” TEACHERS IN THEIR HORRIBLE SHITTY DISGUSTING LIES.
Good for this guy.
He fucking treats his son like a human being. He knows exactly why his son reacts the way he does to things that are too much for him. He intimately knows his sons behaviors and reactions. And he fought hard for his son, and finally got to the bottom of the nightmare that Akian was in.
THIS is how you parent autistic kids or any other kind of neurodivergent child.
DOING IT RIGHT.
At least for this, the dad gets a coveted Kassiane Seal of Approval.
Why are those assholes even IN education? It’s not like it pays well. Did they really go to all that school to be professional bullies?