A teenaged special needs student was allegedly sexually assaulted by another student on a school bus, according to a lawsuit filed in Johnson County.
The suit was filed against the First Student transportation company, alleging that the company was negligent by not having an adult monitor on the bus when the assault occurred in April 2016.
The girl was a Lenexa resident and student at Shawnee Mission South High School. She was one of five special needs students on the bus, according to the suit.
An adult monitor had been on the bus, but got off of the vehicle before it left the school, the suit alleges.
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After the bus left the school, the girl was seated two rows behind the driver.
According to the suit, another student sat down beside her and for about 20 minutes she was "continually molested."
The company breached its duty to keep the girl safe and failed to prevent and stop the assault, the lawsuit maintains.
It was filed in Johnson County District Court and seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
"As the issue is currently in litigation, we are unable to comment beyond established legal proceedings," Jen Biddinger, a spokesperson for First Student, told The Star in an email.