Boy with autism abused at suburban elementary school, lawsuit claims

The parents of an 8-year-old autistic boy are suing his Berwyn school district, saying someone at the boy’s school scribbled on his back with a permanent marker.

They say it’s not the first time he’s been neglected or abused at the school.

“I really wish my son could tell me what’s going on because then I could get to the bottom line,” said Lucia Roden, mother.

However, Lucia says Gianni Fata-Roden is severely autistic, unable to talk about what happened last Tuesday after he arrived at Prairie Oak Elementary School in Berwyn, where he attends a special class of just four students supervised by four teachers.