Bullying is not always done by children’s peers, as demonstrated by the case in which teachers in a Cherry Hill school district were secretly recorded bullying and taunting an autistic boy, as reported in NJ.com.
Last month Stuart Chaifetz, the father of an autistic boy, sent his son to school with a hidden recording device after being told by school officials that his son was hitting school staff. Mr. Chaifetz became concerned because he said his son was a peaceful child, and would not get violent unless provoked.
According to the article, the recording revealed a discussion between two staff members in which one staff member was heard discussing how much alcohol she had consumed the previous night. Later clips of the recording reportedly show the teacher dismissing and mocking Mr. Chaifetz’s son.
The Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations discusses Frequently Asked Questions about Bullying.
Did you know that if bullying is bias based, it could be considered a criminal offense?
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