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School Bus Leaves Boy with Autism at Wrong House

August 08, 2014

(August 8, 2014) - A New Jersey father is calling for training for school bus drivers and bus aides after his son with autism was left alone at the wrong house. Stuart Chaifetz posted a Youtube video detailing what happened and the panic that went through his mind upon hearing his 12-year-old son Akian was found by a stranger.

“You’re not carting packages that can be deposited without a signature on someone’s front porch,” Chaifetz says in the video.

The woman who owned the home Akian was dropped off at returned from walking her dog and found the boy in her living room. Luckily, the woman recognized him from the neighborhood and brought him to his father.

In the video, Chaifetz reads an alleged statement from the bus company aide who dropped Aikian off: “I saw a tall man through the door that was present when the student entered so I assumed everything was fine.”

Chaifetz is calling on the school system and Gov. Chris Christie to better train independent school bus companies so cases like this don’t happen again.

In April, 2012 Chaifetz made a similar Youtube video explaining how his son was “humiliated and tormented” by his teacher and aide. That video went viral and was viewed nearly 5 Million times. 

Read more on this story from USA Today.

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