A Kentucky mom is taking legal action after she says her special needs daughter was “brutally” raped by another student when left unsupervised.
Audrey Martin has filed a lawsuit against a special needs teacher and the assistant principal of Ballard High School in Louisville, claiming negligence led to her daughter’s attack, WDRB reports.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, states that last February, two school employees were supposed to escort her daughter from the bus to a classroom with supervision but failed to do so.
The 16-year-old, who has “a significant intellectual impairment,” then started wandering through the school, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
That’s when a male student allegedly spotted the girl and brought her to “an empty area of the school, where he raped her.”
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The mom was only told her daughter was “attacked” and that the school district could not keep an eye on all students, Nick Naiser, the family’s attorney, said.
He told WDRB:
“We think that when folks don’t do their job, they should be held accountable because it is the most important job of the public school system to keep our kids safe.”
“It boggles my mind. More importantly, it boggles the family’s mind how something like this is allowed to happened. And then why something like this happens to other kids as well and why it doesn’t seem, from their perspective, anything’s being done about.”
A rape kit was taken after the incident and Louisville Metro Police Department are continuing to investigate. However, no arrests have been made in the case.
Martin has since transferred her daughter out of the school.