Family sues suburban school alleging mistreatment of son with autism

CHICAGO — The parents of a child with autism have filed a lawsuit against a Berwyn school for what they claim are repeated cases of mistreatment of the boy.

Gianni Roden, 8, recently came home from Prairie Oak Elementary with permanent marker on his back. The family said the school has given them no answers about how it happened. They added the school claimed it may have happened at home or Gianni may have drawn on his own back.

The family said this is not the first issue with the school. They said their son was restrained in a chair with exercise bands in 2015.

“I don’t care what kind of student it is. No student should ever be tied to a chair with an exercise band. It is beyond inappropriate and it’s wrong,” John Chwarzynski, the family’s attorney, said.