Multiple families are suing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) over allegations that an elementary school teacher physically and mentally abused their children at Whistler Elementary School in the West Pullman neighborhood.
The 14-page lawsuit, filed by eight families on Wednesday, does not name the teacher or principal involved.
The students who were allegedly abused are in kindergarten through second grade and have different developmental and physical disabilities along with learning disorders.
Attorneys are sharing audio recordings of what they believe is verbal abuse happening inside the classroom.
The attorneys also have reason to believe that items like rulers and a device shown in pictures were used by the teacher to allegedly hurt the children.
Additional photos appear to show bruising on some of the kids.
The mother of a 5-year-old girl believes her daughter has also been sexually abused.
CPS is investigating the issue and has released a statement saying they are committed to the safety and well-being of other students and take all allegations of employee misconduct seriously.
Attorneys say the teacher was removed from the classroom last month and the students are doing much better at this time.