NC5 Investigates: Special Ed Abuse

An exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation exposed Nashville children being sexually abused on special education buses during the ride to and from school.

As a result of that continuing 2007-2008 investigation, then-Mayor Karl Dean intervened and pressured Metro Schools to put monitors on special-ed buses to protect the children.

That investigation began with "Jenna's Story," the account of the sexual assault of a 12-year-old autistic girl that occurred just two rows behind the bus driver.

A later report, "Gilbert's Story," revealed how a 9-year-old developmentally challenged boy was coerced into performing oral sex by another special-needs student.

Then, "Kolby's Story" detailed how school officials knew that the perpetrator suffered from conditions that made it difficult for him to control his actions.

Then, during that yearlong investigation, NewsChannel 5 discovered that the sexual assaults were continuing.

Chief investigative reporter Phil Williams pressed Metro Schools to explain what they were doing to stop the sexual abuse.

NewsChannel 5 obtained deposition testimony showing that Schools Director Pedro Garcia did nothing to address the problem, even though his team knew monitors were needed on the buses.

Watch the investigation above.

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NC5 Investigates: Special Ed Abuse

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