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Second-Graders Accused Of ‘Horrific Sexual Abuse’ Of Classmate At School

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File photo of a classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS (CBS Cleveland/AP) — The parents of a central Indiana boy are suing Ball State University, alleging their son was subjected to “horrific sexual abuse” by three second-grade classmates at a university-run school.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Delaware Circuit Court alleges the students’ teacher and officials at Burris Laboratory School in Muncie failed to act to halt the alleged abuse at the K-12 school. It also contends the four 8-year-old boys had “unfettered access” to pornographic videos they downloaded on school computers and iPads.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the lawsuit states the boy “was forced, on multiple occasions, to engage in explicit sex acts with other children and forced to perform oral sex on children his own age.”

The Star reports that the alleged incidents took place in the library, the school bathroom and in the second-grade classroom.

Ball State spokesman Tony Proudfoot says the school will “vigorously defend these unwarranted allegations.”

He says Ball State learned in December 2011 of alleged inappropriate behavior among four second-graders at the school. Proudfoot says the suit’s allegations “bear no resemblance to the evidence” in the case.

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