February 26, 2024

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The woman was in fourth grade at Match Group Day Constitution Public Faculty in Hyde Park.

A Boston Public Faculties faculty bus. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Employees

A Roxbury mom is suing Boston Public Faculties, a personal bus firm, and two of its workers after her younger daughter was allegedly raped and sexually assaulted a number of occasions on a faculty bus.

The then-9-year-old was assaulted repeatedly by a male pupil between October 2022 and Might 2023, in accordance with the criticism filed in Suffolk Superior Court docket on Friday.

In line with the criticism, two of the woman’s buddies notified faculty officers after she confided in them. The male pupil allegedly threatened the woman with bodily violence if she reported him.

The woman was in fourth grade at Match Group Day Constitution Public Faculty in Hyde Park. The Match Basis, the nonprofit that operates the varsity, can be named within the swimsuit.

“Whereas we can not touch upon ongoing litigation, we took all acceptable steps to right away notify the right authorities, work intently with the households concerned, and safe the protection of the scholars,” Match Basis President and CEO Nnenna Ude stated in a press release. “Match Constitution Public Faculty doesn’t function the buses that transport our college students to and from faculty. However, we’re dedicated to supporting our college students and households whether or not incidents occur on or off campus.”

The swimsuit additionally names the personal bus firm, Transdev Companies, and firm workers.

Over a seven month interval, the criticism alleges, incidents passed off just some ft away from each the bus monitor and driver, who “both knew or fairly ought to have recognized” concerning the sexual assaults.

“The plaintiff has not solely suffered nice bodily and psychological hurt, however she was pressured to depart faculty just some months shy of ending fourth grade for worry of the bodily or social repercussions, impacting her educational and social improvement,” Morgan & Morgan, the regulation agency representing the plaintiffs, stated in a press launch.

In line with the criticism, the bus was required to have video gear onboard. Nonetheless, there was no video discovered by Transdev from the whole interval of the alleged abuse regardless of a particular request for preservation of the video in Might 2023.

Morgan & Morgan stated two of their attorneys have been investigating BPS and Transdev’s “alleged misconduct and failures” since Might. In line with them, one other pupil has “allegedly been assaulted on the varsity bus” since.

“There’s a nine-year-old baby in Boston who was raped repeatedly on her means house from faculty over a whole faculty yr,” attorneys Nina Bonelli and Alexander Zodikoff stated within the launch. “Our lawsuit alleges that it was the failure of Boston Public Faculties and Transdev to comply with their very own insurance policies that immediately led to this younger baby’s assault.”

Boston Public Faculties and Transdev Companies didn’t return a request for remark.