A girl who has the mental capacity of a five-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted on a school bus for 17 days before the bus driver reported it.
In a traumatic case, a group of students allegedly groped the girl in a series of incidents which escalated to being accused of rape.
Lee Parks, one of the attorneys for the child claimed: “She was stripped naked. On the bus.
"The bus driver, after the rape in a half-hearted attempt to report it, said he’d seen something. He didn’t say what."
According to the lawsuit, details of the graphic case suggest that one student moved from his seat to grope the girl.
11Alive News reports the bus itself was specifically designed for special needs children and only had three to four rows of seats.
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Another student then also began to assault the girl in a series of escalating attacks which led to the girl being "stripped naked, physically battered and raped," according to the lawsuit.
The bus driver only notified the school authorities of the attack on the day the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped.
The lawsuit also says: "The bus driver in this case was completely derelict in his duties and repeatedly exhibited a wilful and deliberate indifference to maintaining student discipline and ensuring student safety."
A spokesman with Fulton County School District said: "The driver was immediately separated from the district."
Fulton County School District told Daily Star Online in a statement: “The allegations in this complaint are extremely serious and concerning to the district.
"Because we are dealing with minor students, this is a particularly sensitive matter.
"We need to allow any ongoing investigations to be complete and respect the privacy of all students allegedly involved.
"We look forward to the case being adjudicated through the legal process, not by attempting to make legal gains with press statements and grandstanding."
The incidents occurred between April 5 to April 20 last year in Georgia, US.
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