Fire Kelly Altenburg
  • Petitioned Cherry Hill School District

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Cherry Hill School District

Fire Kelly Altenburg

    1. Jonathan Huffman
    2. Petition by

      Jonathan Huffman

      Morehead, KY

When Stuart Chaifetz sent his 10-year-old son to New Jersey's Horace Mann Elementary School wearing a hidden audio recorder, he couldn't have predicted what he would uncover.

Akian, who has Autism, returned with a tape containing hours of apparent verbal and emotional abuse from his classroom aide and teacher -- whom Chaifetz identifies as "Jodi" and "Kelly" -- a recording which his father later published on YouTube.

WATCH VIDEO HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfkscHt96R0

At various points in the audio recording, you hear the 10-year-old, almost fully non-communicative autistic boy being told to "shut your mouth" and that he "is such a bastard."

And as if that weren't bad enough, his teachers also talk about drinking wine and tell Akian Chaifetz that he won't be seeing his father anytime soon, to which the youngster responds by sounding as if he is going to burst into tears with disappointment and fear.

After Stuart Chaifetz showed the audio recording to school administrators, one aide was fired, but at least two other adults can be heard on the tape, and that is why Chaifetz is taking his case public. He has stated ""To this end, I seek a full and public apology from all those adults who were in my son's class for what they did to him," writes on his website. "It is also far past time that these issues are allowed to be hidden from public view."

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No teacher who bullies a child, especially one with special needs, should be allowed to keep their job in the field. With all the evidence against Kelly Altenburg, this petition seeks either her resignment or the termination of any position at Cherry Hill Schools.

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Contact Cherry Hill Schools here:
http://www.cherryhill.k12.nj.us/contact/

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    1. Kelly Altenburg Put On Paid Leave

      Jonathan Huffman
      Petition Organizer

      Let's keep this petition going to send a message that putting Kelly Altenburg on paid leave will not be justice enough. Mrs. Altenburg needs to be permanently fired from any position with the Cherry Hill Public School District.

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Time to Step It Up!!!!

      Jonathan Huffman
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to your support, we have reached 3,500 signatures!!!

      We are close to our goal of 5,000!

      Media pressure is cracking down on Mrs. Altenburg, and a federal lawsuit has been filed against her, demanding her teaching certificate be revoked!

      Let's help send the message loud and clear that when a teacher bullies a child, especially one with special needs, then they are fired despite what union they belong to or what tenure they posess.

      Send a link to this petition to everyone you haven't already. Share it on facebook, email it, post the link everywhere you can think of in a major push to reach 5,000 signatures!

      Here is an example of what to use for the link:
      Please sign this petition demanding the dismissal of Kelly Altenburg, Akian's teacher, from her position at Cherry Hill Schools. This petition will be sent directly to the school district, Gov Christie, and all other appropriate recipients. Thank you.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/cherry-hill-school-district-fire-kelly-alte

    4. New Facebook Page Created

      Jonathan Huffman
      Petition Organizer

      Hello, please help the effort by joining the newly created Facebook page "Fire Kelly Altenburg". Join up and share with all your friends! :)

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Linda DiLauro MILFORD, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      My niece and her husband have 2 kids with Autism and I know how hard they work with them. Our family learned a lot about it and I think public schools should educate their teachers and students about Autism.

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    • Amy Butler CHICOPEE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      My child has been a victim of teacher bullying. When a teacher bullies, it gives the children permission to do so as they are only copying the behavior they see. I pulled my child out of the school and am now homeschooling, but all parents do not have this option. School will never be a completely safe environment, but children should at least be able to rely on the adults employed there.

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    • Tasha McGann AUDUBON, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Cruelty to children is never acceptable. This unfit teacher must be fired.

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    • James Ayotte OXFORD, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      Justice.

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    • kristy rearden MEDFORD, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      i am a school counselor and have a son with PDD and am disguisted with this woman. She should never be allowed to teach again. My heart breaks for your son.

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