A mentally challenged 15-year-old New York girl endured a brutal gang rape as she was trapped beneath her by two boys with her teacher only feet away, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday.
The special needs student, identified only by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes as another student ‘hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,’ during a science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y.
The girl’s mother, who filed the suit, alleged that the teacher ignored the assault even as one student danced on the desk while another attempted to sodomize K.J.
Though the girl told a school social worker the next day, school officials failed to report the crime.
K.J. has an IQ of 60 and was sent to De Porres by city.
She was the only girl in her class of 13 boys.
Her alleged attackers all had known ‘violent propensities’ and are residents of Casa De La Salle, a home for juvenile delinquents.
K.J.’s mother said she was powerless to get her daughter transferred immediately, and as a result the girl was bullied for months.
In December, school officials put her in a room with one of the boys who had been sexually harassing her and admonished them to ‘discuss their issues.’
K.J. left that classroom with a gash over her right eye.
‘It’s mind-boggling how this could happen,’ attorney Madeline Bryer told the New York Post.
The school’s executive director Ed Dana sad an internal investigation as conducted as soon as they heard of the abuse and fired the teacher.
‘We want the community to know that we hold our teachers to a high standard. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of the children in our care,’ Dana said in a statement