Lawsuit: Girl with Down Syndrome repeatedly beaten, sexually assaulted on school bus


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YAKIMA Wash. (KCPQ)- The parents of an 8-year-old girl say she was abused for months on a district school bus and the school did nothing to stop it.

Now, the victim’s parents are filing a lawsuit against the Yakima School District No. 7.

The parents say their daughter, who has Down Syndrome, was repeatedly assaulted from September 2013 until March 2014 on the district’s special needs bus.

According to KCPQ, the alleged assaults by a disabled fifth-grade boy lasted several minutes and were often captured by the bus’ camera.

According to the lawsuit, the victim was punched, pinched, scratched, hit, slapped and was subjected to multiple sexual assaults.

Police documents claim the boy allegedly sat next to the victim every day.

In at least one video obtained by police, the boy was allegedly seen manipulating the girl “like a doll,” and put her face in his lap, grabbed her crotch and kissed her.

Documents show other children tried to stop the boy, but he either ignored them or could not understand what they were saying.

The victim’s family says it learned of the abuse on March 27 when she arrived home with bruises and deep scratches on her face.

They say they called the school and learned the abuse had been happening for months.

The lawsuit says both the bus driver and the school district were negligent, and failed to supervise its students.

The bus driver was placed on leave and the 11-year-old boy was immediately expelled.

The school district did not comment on the situation because of the active litigation.

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