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Most people can say they were bullied at one point during school years. But most of us might not be able to claim that among our experiences with bullies, teachers also joined in.

That's what happened to a little boy with autism named Akian. Following complaints from Akian that he was being treated poorly by his teachers, Akian's father sent him to school with a tape recorder. What the tape revealed was nothing more than shocking: the teachers can be heard taunting Akian and telling him to shut up.

No child should go to school in fear of the leaders who are supposed to help guide their futures. We must send a message to teachers that bullying students won't be tolerated by creating federal anti-bullying laws that address not only peer-to-peer bullying, but also teacher-student bullying.

Ask for the swift implementation of federal anti-bullying laws!

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Dear Congress,

By now I'm sure you've heard the story of Akian Chaifetz, a young boy with autism who was verbally abused by his special needs teachers. Akian had complained to his father, Stuart Chaifetz, about the treatment he was receiving at school, so Stuart sent him to school with a tape recorder. What he found at the end of the day was nothing less than extreme verbal and psychological abuse.

The teachers can be heard discussing their previous night's partying and calling Akian a "bastard." At one point, Akian begins to cry, to which the teachers respond with more taunting.

Bullying on the part of one's peers is one thing, but teacher-student bullying is absolutely unacceptable. Not to mention it's counter-intuitive for any kind of learning and growth.

Because bullying is now taking on new dimensions and complexities, we need to have stronger laws that clarify bullying of ANY kind won't be tolerated.

School shouldn't be a place of violence and fear. Please create federal bullying laws so that our children may learn and grow in peaceful environments.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 27, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 25, 2017 Kimberly Wallace
Sep 24, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 5, 2017 Nancy Wein
Aug 23, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2017 Sherry Scott No teacher should ever bully there students or any child. They are suppose to be nurturing and caring and comforting these children. They are there to teach them education not to be tormented at school even by there teachers.
Aug 16, 2017 Susan Martin
Aug 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2017 Helena Miller Any teacher who does this should be arrested.
Jun 27, 2017 Stefano Fuschetto
Jun 20, 2017 Cathy Peters
Jun 16, 2017 Deborah Gill
Jun 15, 2017 Milissa Buchanan
Jun 15, 2017 Kayla Constable
Jun 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 7, 2017 James Deschene
May 28, 2017 Cynthia Super
May 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2017 Michela Tognoni
Apr 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2017 Elizabeth Frost
Apr 16, 2017 Melanie Pietersen
Apr 11, 2017 Nancy Wein
Apr 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 3, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 14, 2017 DeAnne Hernandez
Mar 14, 2017 Mick McMahon
Mar 13, 2017 Veronica Amador A teachers aid teased my son when he was in high school. Called him "$5 shoes." My son was proud to be able to choose his own shoes and pay for them with his own money. And that man teased him because they looked cheap...
Mar 10, 2017 Corey Williams
Mar 6, 2017 sara Elkins teachers should be above bullying students.Not every person is cut out to work with children.
Mar 6, 2017 Leslie Williams
Mar 5, 2017 Kristi Weber
Mar 1, 2017 Bethany Barker
Feb 27, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton NO EXCUSE for what happened to young Akian!
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2017 Michelle Bailey My son is 6 currently being bullied by ms B @ blenman elementary as well as she's turning blind eye to other bullies to bully my son
Feb 15, 2017 Felipe Menossi
Feb 10, 2017 Cathy Upton Make it mandatory all teachers take Autism training
Feb 7, 2017 Michele Lynch Mandatory training for all school staff to increase awareness understanding and compassion towards autism
Feb 5, 2017 Kathleen Serrano
Feb 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 2, 2017 Nina Domergue
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