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Cherry Hill Father Reveals Why He Has Not Released More Audio Of Austic Bullying

Cherry Hill father Stuart Chaifetz will hold a press conference on Thursday at his home to explain his next step regarding  accusations of teachers  bullying his 10 year autistic son.

Stuart-Chaifetz
YouTube

Chaifetz appears to be pulling back on his eagerness to talk to the media and utilitze social networking to get his message out.

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In a statement posted on his Facebook page and released to the media, Chaifetz says a representative of Cherry Hill public school district  contacted him and was “assured that the District  is dealing with this issue with the seriousness it deserves. After careful consideration I have decided to allow them the space they need to do that.”

In little over a week he has over 43,000 “likes” on his Facebook page and 4.3 million views of the first video he released with audio of what he said was his son Aiken being bullied by teachers and aides in a classroom at the Horace Mann Intermediate School.

A second video, in which he dials the voice mail of  teacher  Kelly Altenburg, to prove she was still employed by the Cherry Hill district has been pulled. The district had released a statement saying “The individuals who are heard on the recording raising their voices and inappropriately addressing children no longer work in the district and have not since shortly after we received the copy of the recording.”

The statement was later clarified to mean the teacher was put on paid leave.

NO MORE AUDIO FOR NOW

Aiken Chaifetz
Aiken Chaifetz (WCAU TV)

He apologized for not releasing additional audio he has been  promising to make public in several interviews over  the past several days following denials by teacher Kelly Altenburg through her lawyers it was her voice on audio recordings made when Chaifetz sent his son Akian to school with a hidden recording device.

“I had intended to release more audio clips detailing what happened in my son’s former classroom, but once I realized that by doing that I could contaminate and potentially derail the investigation, I made the decision not to,” explained Chaifetz.  “However – If at any time I feel the district is not following through in a responsible manner, then I reserve the right to release further information to the media.”

Chaifetz had said in a CNN interview on Saturday he would release more video  he said would prove that teacher Altenburg’s voice is the one heard on the audio recordings.  “I held back one clip which I did not release anywhere publicaly…where the teacher was directly involved in what I call bullying of my son,”

“I did not intentionally mean to mislead anyone about the release of the new audio. This is, however, one of those times when circumstances change and a difficult choice needed to be made. I am trying to do the right thing for what I hope is a just outcome to this ordeal, and I hope everyone understands that.”

“I RESPECT TEACHERS”

Horace Mann Intermediate School
Horace Mann Intermediate School (Stacy Proebstle, Townsquare Media NJ)

Chaifetz also said he is “not anti-teacher in any way. I respect teachers. But But I am mystified and dispirited by the current system of tenure that makes it so difficult to fire a bad teacher, or gives them long periods of paid leave while the system grinds to a crawl.”

He said he would use the power of his Facebook page and online petition  to “Reach out to every member of the New Jersey State legislature and tell them that not only is reform desperately needed.”

 

Statement from Stuart Chaifetz:

 

A little over one week ago, I posted a video on YouTube which was, at its core, a public statement of my love for my son. Little did I realize, or could ever dream, that people from around the world would hear my son’s story and open their hearts to him. I am truly overwhelmed and grateful beyond measure.

When I produced that video all I had hoped for was an apology from the classroom staff, something I could offer my child on the day he was ready to face what had happened to him. Now it appears I may be able to offer him something more: justice.

Yesterday I was contacted by a representative of the Cherry Hill School District. After a long and in-depth discussion, I was assured that the District is dealing with this issue with the seriousness it deserves. After careful consideration, I have decided to allow them the space they need to do that.

I had intended to release more audio clips detailing what happened in my son’s former classroom, but once I realized that by doing that I could contaminate and potentially derail the investigation, I made the decision not to. However – If at any time I feel the district is not following through in a responsible manner, then I reserve the right to release further information to the media. I doubt anyone who has seen my video would think I would do otherwise.

I did not intentionally mean to mislead anyone about the release of the new audio. This is, however, one of those times when circumstances change and a difficult choice needed to be made. I am trying to do the right thing for what I hope is a just outcome to this ordeal, and I hope everyone understands that.

While I will give the District the time to investigate, I shall not be idle. My life has been forever altered by the heartbreaking stories of abuse and bullying that have been sent to me by the thousands. From across the nation I have heard from current students and former students. Some have special needs, many letters were from parents with special needs children. From the sheer volume of it all, the only conclusion I can make is that bullying is a bane of catastrophic proportions.

I am not anti-teacher in any way. I respect teachers. But I am mystified and dispirited by the current system of tenure that makes it so difficult to fire a bad teacher, or gives them long periods of paid leave while the system grinds to a crawl. Therefore I shall reach out to every member of the New Jersey State legislature and tell them that not only is reform desperately needed, but that they have more than forty-three thousand people on our Facebook page, and one-hundred-fifty-three thousand people who have signed our petition ready to help create a fair and equitable system that protects good teachers, but gets rid of the bad ones. To the teacher’s union I say this: I am not your foe. I am not here to be the weapon that destroys what you have fought hard for. I only seek moderate and reasonable change.

 

When four million people spend seventeen minutes watching a father tell the story of what happened to his son in school, then that should be a clarion call that things must change.

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