By Christina Munnell
A mute autistic boy alerted his father that he was being abused by his teacher via drawings, officials said.
Chicago man Luis Murillo reported that his 7-year-old son had been coming home from school with scrapes and bruises all over his body since the beginning of the year, CBS News said.
Murillo also said that recently the youngster, who is incapable of speaking, recently came home from Finkl Elementary School with the knees of his pants ripped out, as if he had been pulled across the ground.
According to a statement from Murillo in The Chicago Tribune, the boy's school had told him the bruises and ruined clothes came from fighting with other children.
The boy began drawing pictures illustrating the situation. He drew pictures of stick-figure children looking scared and sad, saying "no," officials said.
One picture featured three tall stick-figure women with angry brows and giant teeth and a stick-figure saying "help". Another drawing featured stick-figures saying "screaaaamm!!"
"Every time he drew, we just thought he was drawing," Murillo said. "He needs psychological help; not only him, but the other kids, too," CBS News reported.
According to officials, other parents from the school had also noticed injuries on their children.
Jessica Sanchez said her 8-year-old son, who has Down Syndrome, came home with scratches on his face in March, and the mark of what looked like an adult's hand on his forearm last Thursday.
Parents told the Chicago Sun-Times that the teacher had two aides working with her and the 13 special needs children.
No-one has been charged in connection with the matter, CBS News said.
Chicago Public Schools would not say why the teacher had been removed, nor would the district confirm what had happened to the aides.