Police investigate alleged sex assault involving special needs student

Incident allegedly happened when teacher left room

DETROIT – A special needs student was allegedly sexually assaulted by another student at Henry Ford High School, according to police.

The incident allegedly happened when a teacher left the room.

According to a police report, a 17-year-old special needs student was sexually assaulted by a 16-year-old boy on April 26.

The report was filed a week after the incident.

“The next day, she told her mother she was raped and wanted to kill herself,” the victim’s father said.

The victim’s family said that at least one student went to get help, but that many other did nothing, watching and videotaping.

“You can’t just take action into your own hands,” the father said. “These are kids we’re talking about. Even though my daughter is on the level of the grade she’s in, I felt there was something the school should’ve done.”

The Education Achievement Authority, which runs Henry Ford High School, said in a statement, “The alleged incident is under investigation. It was reported to Detroit Public Schools Police who then referred the case to Detroit police. Our number one priority is the safety of all our students.”

The victim’s father said his daughter is in a separate classroom now and doesn’t want her to return to the class with the boy that allegedly violated her.

Detroit police said they have a good ID of the suspect and consider it a pressing urgent matter.

Police said they are unaware at this point of any video showing the assault.

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