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Facing mistreatment in his special education classroom, a 7-year-old boy who is nonverbal turned to stick-figure drawings to alert his parents.

Luis Murillo said his son, who has autism, often came home from his Chicago school with bruises but teachers always attributed the injuries to fights among children.

The boy had a different story to tell, however, making drawings of scared kids next to three angry-looking women — all depicted as stick figures — beside words like “no” and “help.”

Now the boy’s special education teacher has been removed from the class. Murillo and another parent, Jessica Sanchez, whose 8-year-old son with Down syndrome had come home with scratches on his face, want answers.

School district officials say they are investigating the situation, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. To read more click here.

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  1. Karen Driver says:

    So sad! We have cameras in banks, stores, casinos, daycares, our places of work, and any of “us” can have them in our homes. Why is it that where the most vulnerable among us receive “care”, there are excuses as to why cameras should be there? I know the “excuse” is “invasion of privacy” . . . anyone who buys that is not an independent thinker . . . they are more law suit prevention driven than really concerned about human care. No one can intelligently argue that the quality of care would improve and those still abusing would be found “guilty” thanks to PROOF instead of the current system of them moving on to another place of employment to continue the abuse because no one could PROVE they were committing a crime! Read this and do nothing, you, your child, parent, and/or grandparent will suffer the consequences as this continues to be “allowed”!

  2. Deb says:

    Outrageous…and that is how we as parents are suppose to trust the school system and teachers. I am very dissatisfied with what I have seen so far regarding special education.

  3. C.L.TEGTA says:

    First of all such teachers are not required to appointed in special school where the children belonging to Autism, mental retardation, down syndrome and cerebral palsy are studying. If the teacher is having the special education even then misbehaved with non verbal student the teacher should be dismissed and FIR should be lodged against the defaulter (S) & legal action should be initiated in the appropriate court without further delay.

  4. Carolyn says:

    I pray for all people who have children with special needs. I hope this person pays dearly for their crime. I have cameras in my home and if the person works for me does not want to be here she can quit at anytime, I trust no one !

  5. Advocat says:

    Typical. We have a similar case in Wisconsin. Students in a segregated classroom were routinely hit, sat on and otherwise physically punished. The teacher was allowed by the principal to cover the door windows and to place a knock first sign on the door as well. It is always the non-verbal kids who get it the worst. God bless the kid in this incident. By the way, why do you think that so many school districts deny assistive technology to increase communication?

  6. Norma Jean says:

    This is a sad and real part of the lives of anyone that has a communication disability impounded with their other issues.
    Most teachers and caregivers are excellent. Unfortunately there are rotten apples. So heartbreaking and inhumane.

  7. hollyd says:

    Still no cameras. Pretty soon all parents are going to have to gain together. Risk arrest. Say cameras or no kids including your normal kids. Money speaks-BS walks.

  8. Rich Taylor says:

    My pre-adoptive foster son was coming home with bruises and scratch all over his body from Lineweaver Elementary in Tucson Unified in Tucson, AZ. The principal always said it was his fault for fighting against restraints. Child welfare finally got a clue and ordered his removal from the district due to child abuse. They always complained he was violent, dangerous and out of control. They always said he was beating up other students but was never disciplined for this behavior. He cursed at the principal and was immediately suspended. Since being in a new district, all behavior problems disappeared (on day one). What a different it makes when a school does not abuse a child.

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