Julio Artuz Said He Was Tired Of No One Believing It Was Happening

SEWELL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Imagine sending your child, who is trying to overcome a traumatic event in his life, to a school that caters to students with behavioral problems, only to find out the person he should trust is bullying him.

CBS 2’s Christine Sloan has obtained a chilling incident caught on cell phone video.

The exchange went on for some time:

Student: “Don’t call me special.”

Teacher: “What? Oh my god. [Expletive] just what do you think you are here for? What does the title on the front of that school say? ‘Special education.’”

Julio Artuz said it wasn’t another student bullying him in the video he shot inside his New Jersey classroom, but, shockingly, his teacher.

Student: “Don’t call me special.”

Teacher: “What would you like me to call you, Jules?”

Student: “Normal. Just don’t call me special.”

“It felt like I had a knife stabbing in my back,” the 15-year-old told Sloan. “Him throwing me down, making me feel like I won’t amount to anything.”

Artuz used his cell phone to capture his teacher’s demeaning comments at the Bankbridge Regional School in Gloucester County because he said no one believed him — not even his own mother.

“Rage, disbelief, being upset not believing in your own child,” Joyce Artuz said.

The incident seemed to escalate the longer the teen record.

Student: “When I get out of this school you ain’t going to be calling me special no more.”

Student: “Don’t threaten me.”

Teacher: “What are you going to do? What are you going to do? You gonna get a chopper and chop me? Like I’m scared.”

The school has not returned Sloan’s call for comment. She also couldn’t reach the teacher. Artuz’s parents have pulled him out of the school because they said he’s receiving death threats.

“I don’t care what they say, what they think. I know this is the right thing to do,” the teen told Sloan.

It’s hard to blame the family.

Teacher: “Who cares that you’re special?”

Student: “No one.”

Teacher: “Nobody dude … nobody.”

Artuz’s father said he confronted the teacher and was told he told him he was having a bad day.

“There is nothing that warrants this kind of behavior from teacher to a 15-year-old boy in a special needs class who is asking for help,” Julio Artuz, Sr. said.

Joyce Artuz said she’s working with lawmakers to make sure what happened to her son doesn’t happen to another child. Her ultimate goal to get cameras installed in schools like this that cater to students with special needs.

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