Being in a so called safe environment did not prove safe at all for one mentally challenged girl in New York, according to a new lawsuit filed in court.
The mentally challenged 15-year-old girl was gang raped under her desk during class, only a few feet away from her teachers in Elmont, according to the lawsuit filed Friday.
When she reported the awful incident the next day, school officials did not report it, the victim's mother states in the complaint.
The teenager with special needs, known by the acronym K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes under the table by two teenagers, as another hit her in the head while she tried to escape during science class at Martin De Porres Academy, the lawsuit states.
The evil teens also tried to sodomize her while one danced on her desk, all without attracting attention from the teachers, lawyer Madeline Bryer said.
K.J., who has an IQ of less than 60, was sent to De Porres by the city, and was the only girl in her class of 13 children.
Her alleged attackers all lived in Casa De La Salle, a residence for young offenders and had been known to have violent propensities, the suit alleges.
K.J. told a school social worker about the assault the next day, but the social worker did nothing, the lawsuit said.
K.J.’s mother was unable to immediately obtain the transfer of the 15-year-old girl, so the teenager
suffered months of harassment. Then in December, officials put her in a room with another child who was sexually harassing her, the lawsuit said.
The boy left K.J. with a cut over her right eye. "It's unreal how this could happen," Bryer said.
Martin De Porres CEO Ed Dana said the school conducted an internal investigation as soon as it heard of the abuses and fired a teacher as a result. "We want the community to know that we hold our teachers to a high standard. Our top priority is the safety and welfare of children in our care," Dana said in a statement.