Special-needs student wins $28M rape lawsuit


A woman with special needs has won $28 million in a lawsuit seven years after she was raped as a Mount Vernon High School student.

Lawyers for the woman, who is now 21 years old, said a jury ruled in their favor against the Mount Vernon school district on Friday, almost seven years after the victim was allowed to go home on a public bus instead of a school bus, a mistake her lawyers say led to a sexual assault, bullying and a brutal school beating.

"A young girl with special needs cannot be victimized and harmed more than this girl was," one of her lawyers, Jordan Merson, said outside the Westchester County Courthouse today.

"She is completely traumatized by what occurred," he said, adding that she has severe neurocognitive impairments. "If you ask her about it to this day, you cannot only hear the wails, the sobs, or the tears, but you can see the pain on her face before she gets to that point."

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