Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The father of 10-year-old Akian Chaifetz, an autistic boy from Cherry Hill, will hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss what has become a national and legal matter.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The following statement was issued by Stuart Chaifetz to Patch today. We are reprinting it here without alteration. 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 …
Friday, April 27, 2012
An attorney for the embattled special education teacher says she wasn't present for the remarks captured on Stuart Chaifetz's secret audio recording.
Special education teacher Kelly Altenburg was not present in her classroom when the worst of the remarks were allegedly made to 10-year-old Akian Chaifetz in her classroom at the Horace Mann School in Cherry Hill, according to her attorney, Matthew Wieliczko. At a press conference Friday, Wieliczko told media Altenburg was in a meeting at the time, and that she "does not condone the words and the conduct" of the people whose voices were captured on the recording. "This language was not used by her or in her presence, or at her direction," he said. Wieliczko went on to say that Altenburg "[n]either said [those words n]or was in the presence of others" heard on the audio footage captured by Stuart Chaifetz, Akian's father, who slipped a …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Stuart Chaifetz shares details of the email he wrote to Kelly Altenburg's supervisors before taking his case public to demand her dismissal.
Stuart Chaifetz gave the Cherry Hill school district every opportunity to do the right thing by his 10 year-old son, Akian. Things had gotten so bad in the special education classroom at Horace Mann Elementary School that Akian’s teacher, Kelly Altenburg, was sending home notes about the autistic boy’s physical aggression toward classroom staff. Chaifetz knew that something about these reports was odd. Akian had never struck anyone. Altenburg was certainly no stranger, having taught the boy the year prior. He wasn’t hitting any other children—only Altenburg and her support staff. “I started to see the scars forming, but he was fine when he was home,” Chaifetz said. “It was only when [Akian] went to school that he fell apart, and that is …
Kelly Altenburg, the Cherry Hill teacher who allegedly looked the other way while 10-year-old Akian Chaifetz was bullied in her class, is lawyering up.