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Disabled NY teen girl gang-raped by male students in classrom, during class

2:59 pm - 01/15/2013


A 15-year-old girl with an IQ lower than 60 has had a lawsuit filed on her behalf Jan. 11 which alleges that she was gang-raped and nearly sodomized by two male students, and that school officials at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, New York knew about the attack and did nothing.

The girl, who is only known by court records as K.J., was the only girl in a class of 13. Because of her special education needs, the state of New York allows juvenile delinquents to attend class with non-offending, but mentally disabled, students. Such was the case with K.J.'s attackers who were both currently housed in Casa De La Salle, a home for juvenile delinquents.

K.J. was alleged to have been held under her desk, while being beaten in the face and sexually assaulted. What is worse, this all happened while there were 10 other students and two teachers in the classroom. As an example it is alleged that one of the teen-rapists danced on K.J.'s desk, while his partner attempted to anally sodomize her. Eventually K.J. was able to get away, and she waited until the next day to tell a social worker at the school. Nothing was done.

The lawsuit claims K.J.'s mother fought with school officials for months, during which she endured countless episodes of abuse and bullying. In a documented instance published by New York Daily News in early December the school placed K.J. alone in a room with one of her attackers so they could "discuss" their problems. The talk ended with K.J. leaving with facial lacerations. Again, no criminal action was taken.

Finally, months after the sexual assault, K.J. was allowed to be transfered to a different school.

Ed Dana, the Executive director of Martin De Porres claims that they fired the teachers involved, and that they take bullying very seriously.

The lawsuit is currently pending.



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can_be_cruel 15th-Jan-2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Everyone involved should lose their job and face jail time, imo. There is absolutely no excuse for this.
thecityofdis 15th-Jan-2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
no, they should be executed.

i'm so fucking sick of this shit.
kaelstra 15th-Jan-2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, what the hell???! Why would the teachers have let this happen? Why didn't they intervene?!
mskye 15th-Jan-2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
because nobody cares about mentally disabled people. also, misogyny.
zinnia_rose 15th-Jan-2013 08:53 pm (UTC)
:-O

I know teachers can't see every single thing that goes on in their classroom, but I'm so not buying that they didn't notice this. Which begs the question, what the fuck is wrong with them that they didn't stop it? I can't even. And why are juvenile offenders allowed apparently poorly supervised access to children with disabilities?!

I hope everyone involved in this gets their ass nailed to the wall. Poor K.J. The school had better be providing counseling for her.
kaelstra 15th-Jan-2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
I am really having a difficult time wrapping my head around how a girl could be held down by multiple people with TWO TEACHERS in the goddamn room and no one saw anything or suspected anything was amiss.
sandstorm 15th-Jan-2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I know there's always jokes of teachers not being paid enough to do more than teach (or even TO teach), but FFS if someone is being sexually assaulted YOU DO SOMETHING. You intervene, you report it, but you DO SOMETHING.
zemi_chan 15th-Jan-2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'm at a complete loss... How do we stop things like this from happening? Like, seriously? I need a step-by-step set of instructions detailing what I can do, RIGHT NOW, to help prevent stuff like this from happening.
sio 15th-Jan-2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
the furious cynical part of me wants to say the teachers deliberately looked the other way...either because they didn't like the victim or because the rapists were their little pets.

because HOW THE FUCK could they NOT NOTICE THIS?!?!
wrestlingdog 15th-Jan-2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I JUST FUCKING CANNOT.
lord_cellytron 15th-Jan-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
The dog gif is phenomenal. :)
i_m_b00 15th-Jan-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
This is horrific.


My guess is that the teachers were scared of the the perpetrators. BUT that is NOT an excuse. Run out to the hall get someone. Get help.

I see the whole school as responsible. The school administration must have known long before this happen that the teacher didn't have control of this classroom. The teacher must have known that they didn't have control of this classroom. Something should have been done long before.

This classroom must have been hell on earth.

slurp 21st-Jan-2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
My guess is that the teachers were scared of the the perpetrators. BUT that is NOT an excuse. Run out to the hall get someone. Get help.
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I feel like I've seen too many teachers afraid to stand up to students. But I've never seen anything as horrible as this.
hermionemalfoy 15th-Jan-2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
WHAT IN THE FUCK.
unbridledglee 15th-Jan-2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
This is so disgusting. Those teachers and the rapists all need to be thrown in jail.
halfshellvenus 15th-Jan-2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
*RAGE* Firing those teachers (far too late) won't keep the school from being sued. And losing-- because they deserve it, both barrels. The teachers let the assault happen the first time, but the school perpetuated the agony for the poor girl by keeping her in class with her predators, and worse yet,

the school placed K.J. alone in a room with one of her attackers so they could "discuss" their problems. The talk ended with K.J. leaving with facial lacerations.
How much "discussion" is a girl with a 60-IQ capable of, especially when the other party is someone she's rightly terrified of? Fucking cruel and inhumane.

I hope NY's policy of allowing juvenile offenders and the severely mentally handicapped to be in the same classroom will end, as a result of this. One group is made up of those who have shown they won't behave, and the other is made up of those who are especially vulnerable in general.

*still raging*
teacup_werewolf 15th-Jan-2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
How much "discussion" is a girl with a 60-IQ capable of

Just as much as anyone else. Having an ID doesn't make you incapable of explaining your feelings.
redstar826 15th-Jan-2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
I work in special ed rooms on a regular basis. With 13 kids and 2 teachers, it shouldn't be that difficult to keep an eye everyone who is in the room. If I can do it as a sub without really knowing the kids, their regular teachers can do it. There is no way that the staff didn't know something was up.

the school placed K.J. alone in a room with one of her attackers so they could "discuss" their problems.

The fuck? the rule at every place I've worked has been no kids alone in rooms for any reason, let alone leaving a child alone with someone who was already known to have attacked her
teacup_werewolf 15th-Jan-2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised this happened. After hearing horror stories about Spec.Ed teachers, I would not be surprised either if the teachers just didn't fucking care and ignored them.

I swear have of the teachers I have met through my advocacy are under trained and just out of school. They have no idea how deal with kids with variety of disabilities and needs and many of them get treated like crap by the other staff (this happened to my IEP teacher).

Because of her special education needs, the state of New York allows juvenile delinquents to attend class with non-offending, but mentally disabled, students.

What chucklehead thought this was a good idea!? Yes lets put criminals with Spec.Needs kids what possibly could go wrong!? Look I get rehabilitation with delinquents that have MI or DD, but would it behoove the state to filter children with murder convictions or sexual offenses to be in a classroom with children that communication, intellectual, motor and various other delays? I get putting kids with non violent offenses in Spec.Ed or IEP classrooms, that sounds like ok idea, but kids with violent offenses really sounds kinda dangerous.

This is bad all around.

Edited at 2013-01-15 09:43 pm (UTC)
idemandjustice 16th-Jan-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Why am I not surprised this happened. After hearing horror stories about Spec.Ed teachers, I would not be surprised either if the teachers just didn't fucking care and ignored them.

I thought this same thing.
pommedeterre 15th-Jan-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my fucking god, what.
angelus7988 15th-Jan-2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
I really hope that some enterprising vigilante brutally murders the perpetrators and at least disfigure the teachers who allowed this to happen.
jeweledvixen 15th-Jan-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
This is horrifying. What that poor girl went through, and is still going through, only to have those who should have protected her turn a blind eye and let it happen, is unimaginable. Those two teachers should be fired and banned from ever having another job at a school again. In fact, they should be treated as if they participated in the rape, since they actually did by ignoring what happened WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. Every school authority who knew about this and did nothing but fuck up the situation even more should also be treated as rapists. They should all be sent to jail for the rest of their lives. The person who thought it was a good idea to put a mentally challenged female student in a classroom full of juvenile delinquents should also face charges and be sent to jail for contributing to this situation.

I can only hope this poor girl can get the counseling she is going to need and can eventually feel safe in her new school. This story made me cry for K.J.
aviv_b 15th-Jan-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
...they take bullying very seriously. Too bad they dont take rape seriously
mollywobbles867 15th-Jan-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
otana 15th-Jan-2013 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. That poor, poor girl.
lord_cellytron 15th-Jan-2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
There were two teachers in the room.

There were two teachers in the room.

THERE WERE TWO TEACHERS IN THE GODDAMN ROOM.

No, I just can't. They got fired? Whoopdee-ding-damn. Look, I don't know the law that well, but if you see a RAPE happening, IN YOUR CLASSROOM, among YOUR students, for whom YOU are responsible, and you don't do a goddamn thing? Being fired should be the LEAST of your punishments.
wesleysgirl 15th-Jan-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
On the main page of the school's website - http://www.mdp.org/ - there is a rather vague letter of explanation. It says that the "teacher was" fired. So I don't know what happened to the second adult in the room, or if he/she is still employed there.

Edited at 2013-01-15 10:28 pm (UTC)
natyanayaki 15th-Jan-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
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teacup_werewolf 15th-Jan-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
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maenads_dance 15th-Jan-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
I don't just want those teachers fired - I want them prosecuted. Noisily.

I want any administrator, counselor, or school system official who was aware of this prosecuted.

I want the fucking asshole who put this poor girl in the same room as her attacker, ALONE, to be prosecuted.
teacup_werewolf 15th-Jan-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)

I want the fucking asshole who put this poor girl in the same room as her attacker, ALONE, to be prosecuted.



FUCK YES THIS. I am floored at the idea of putting dangerous violent criminals with vulnerable people. Are budget cuts that bad?!
pepsquad 15th-Jan-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
i just can't, as a teacher i'm horrified as a parent i'm ragey wtf really wtf
pistol_eyes 15th-Jan-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Jesus...
wikilobbying 15th-Jan-2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
i quit

i fucking quit, shutting down because i can't deal with that much rage
cindyanne1 15th-Jan-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
This is one of the most horrific things I've ever heard of. That poor girl, holy shit.
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