A mentally challenged girl was raped by two classmates during science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y., the New York Daily News reports.
A lawsuit filed Friday claims that the 15-year-old girl, identified by the initials K.J., was forced to perform oral sex on two teenage boys under her desk for 10 minutes.
A third boy is said to have "hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape." The assailants also tried to anally sodomize the special needs student, according to the lawsuit.
The girl has an IQ score below 60, was sent to the school by the city, and was the only female in a class of 14. The attackers were reportedly residents of Casa De La Salle, a home for juvenile delinquents.
Edward Dana, executive director of the school, issued a statement about the incident, which occurred in May 2012, on the school's website:
"As soon as we learned about the allegations, we conducted an internal investigation. As a result of our investigation, the teacher was fired," Dana wrote. "We also cooperated fully with detectives from Nassau County who advised us that no charges would be filed against the alleged assailants."
In the lawsuit, the victim's mother claims Martin De Porres' response was slow and inadequate.
This is not the first time students have been sexually abused at a New York school.
In 2011, the family of a 13-year-old Bronx girl sued the Department of Education after their daughter wrote an essay in which she accused the computer repairman at Thurgood Marshall High School of raping her.
Last year, the New York Times reported on sexual abuse of students by teachers at Horace Mann, an elite college prepatory school in the Bronx, during the 1970s.
“I was so conflicted, so ashamed, so full of guilt and remorse that it literally took 30 years for me to be able to remember and talk about it openly,” one victim told CBS New York in 2012.