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Abuse Of Special-Ed Students Hasn't Stopped

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Jenna Jenna
Gilbert Gilbert
Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman Don Aaron, Metro police spokesman

They are some of the most vulnerable students in the Metro school system.

But NewsChannel 5 has learned sexual assaults of children with special needs on Metro school buses are still happening.

This is occurring despite serious questions about the assaults of two young students, which led to lawsuits and a federal investigation.

NewsChannel 5 chief investigative reporter Phil Williams first exposed the problem.

Now, we've learned there are two more victims.

A NewsChannel 5 investigation first revealed the sexual assault of an 11-year-old autistic girl named Jenna. A school bus video recorded the assault, which took place right behind the driver.

An investigation also revealed how 9-year-old Gilbert was forced to perform oral sex by a 19-year-old special-education student on his bus.

Metro police said they've got two more cases.

One incident happened in December. A 15-year-old girl said she was fondled by a 12-year-old boy on her bus.

The other incident last week involved an 8-year-old girl.

"In this situation there were 13 students on the bus," says Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. "There are allegations that an 8-year-old female student was inappropriately touched by other male students who range in age from 7 to 9."

Aaron said investigators have video from both incidents.

They're still trying to sort through allegations that the boys last week may have performed some sex acts on the 8-year-old just out of the camera's view.

"It's our understanding that some of these events may have occurred by students going onto the floor of the bus, perhaps being under a seat or very close to underneath the seat to the extent that the bus driver couldn't see them," Aaron adds.

Watch more videos and follow the stories at NC5 Investigates: Stories of Abuse

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