Special Education Student Captures Teacher’s Bullying Tactics On Cell Phone Video

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.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Sarah

    This is tragic that a morel of a teacher would act like this,I say fire him and ban him from teaching period.Congratsulation to the student.The student to me is very normal and has a good heart.The so called teacher is a nutcase.To the student: Hold your head high in life and always be yourself,you will be a fine young man.

  • momitta

    This kudos special he my son I’m very proud off him and it not that I didn’t bleive him but teens sometimes exergerate and I didn’t think he was screaming or defeating him.if I knew that I probably would have to have someone hold me back from slapping some Denver into that sob I don’t ususally feel that way when I saw the tape and what everyone is seeing is just part of it! I nearly lost my mind!!! And he on and leave with pay!!!!! My son was telling me so I said take your phone and film him doing it if its true. Knowledge is power! People say it was set up that’s a digrace! That’s not the mess I ever would give my child. We need cameras in the rooms to protect our kids and yes I herd the teachers say oh he proved it ! Well kick him out of class all the more reason to get camera in the rooms if they hav nothing to hide! I want to apologize to my brave boy I’m proud of u and I love you!!! U r helping a lot of kids!!!! I can’t beleive people r threatning him and not the teacher ! Everyone what if it was yre child?

  • Mike Diaz

    The teacher appears to have more special needs than the child. As a parent with a special needs child, this type of behavior represents a small fraction of the challenges and negative treatment children with these needs receive not only from foolish insecure teachers as shown above but from other students who are often nearby as part of in an integrated school system.
    More funding is needed so they don’t hire teachers from the bottom of the bowl for our special children.

  • Kristina

    It’s sad that I have been looking for a teaching job for 4 years along with thousands of others and people like this are teaching everyday. There is no excuse for this. I am glad that I am working towards my masters in special education now so that the students will not have to suffer with this kind of teacher anymore.

    • walter

      Please when you get there make a difference. These kids need love and attention, and someone to believe in them.

  • Dr meh

    Very sad the people you trust to help your children actually abuses them. Disgusting behavior by a role model.

  • Joel G

    “Having a bad day”?!?! There had to have been plenty of bad days that provoked the child to record.

  • Smelly Hippie

    Set up by a special ed kid. Who’s special now?

  • Larry Schwarz

    Disgraceful,the teachers employment should be terminated.

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