In the days since Stuart Chaifetz released a YouTube video including audio of teachers at Horace Mann School bullying his autistic son Akian, the story has made national and international news. CNN did a segment that included an interview with Stuart, which you can see at the end of this post. His Change.org petition has over 100,000 signatures.
But the Cherry Hill Public Schools have made only a bureaucratic and legalistic statement:
In response to the recent media and social media attention regarding the district and Horace Mann Elementary School and, in an effort to communicate directly with our parents and community, Board of Education President Seth Klukoff and Superintendent Dr. Maureen Reusche presented the following statement at the April 24 Board of Education meeting.
“My fellow Board members and I certainly understand and share the concerns expressed by many members of the community,” said Mr. Klukoff. “We strongly believe that the district acted swiftly, appropriately and judiciously with regard to the staff in the classroom. What’s more, we are confident that these decisions were informed first and foremost by compassion for the students. We are proud of the many caring teachers and staff of our district who provide tireless dedication to our children and work ceaselessly to ensure that our classrooms are conducive to learning and growth.”
Dr. Reusche added, “In February, upon receiving a copy of an audio recording, the district undertook a thorough and rigorous investigation and, as we have previously noted, responded swiftly and appropriately. Although this is a personnel matter and there are specifics that I cannot legally address publicly, I want to assure our parents that 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.”