After being told repeatedly his 14-year-old special needs daughter was lying about being bullied by her teachers, her father, Brian (whose last name was withheld), outfitted his daughter with a hidden microphone to record the verbal abuse. He was shocked to hear her teacher, Christie Wilt, and the teacher’s aide, Kelly Chaffins, making offensive comments about his daughter’s intelligence and physical appearance.
The comments ranges from, “Cheyanne, are you kidding me? Are you that damn dumb?” to “It’s no wonder you don’t have friends. No wonder nobody likes you because you lie, cheat.” At one point Chaffins asked her, “Cheyanne, don’t you want to do something to get rid of that belly? Well evidently you don’t because you don’t do anything at home. You sit at home and watch TV. All night. All weekend.
Brian and his daughter appeared Tuesday on the Today show to share their story. They have already won a lawsuit and been awarded $300,000, but explained that they needed to go public with the story to ensure that the two teachers are not allowed in classrooms again. Chaffins, the teacher’s aide, was asked to resign, but Wilt was only asked to undergo anti-bullying training. By making the story public, Brian is hoping that Wilt will be prevented from returning to her teaching career.