A 16-year-old girl with a mental disability was allegedly sexually assaulted in a restroom by three of her classmates from Cedar Hill High School, Dallas in Texas on 9 October. The victim reported the assault four days later.

Three students, who were arrested by the Cedar Hill Independent School District (ISD) police on 2 November, have been charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Sylvanus Lanier,19, and Elijah Willis, 17, remain in Dallas County jail, while the third accused, 17-year-old Marco Garcia is free on $100,000 (£76,120) bond.

According to the police, the boys took turns in assaulting the girl, the Dallas Morning News reported.

About 17,000 reports of sexual assaults by students in the US elementary and secondary schools have been found over a four-year period, says a report by Associated Press.

In the month of June this year, a 17-year-old boy faced a felony charge for a case in which he was involved in sexually assaulting a mentally disabled teenage girl in North Carolina.

The boy was charged with a second-degree forcible sex offense. He was engaged in the sexual offense of a 16-year-old female who was at the time mentally disabled, reported USA Today.

Around two months ago, a staff member from the Adelaide Tambo School in Soweto, Johannesburg, was captured on video assaulting a disabled student. The incident was confirmed by the Gauteng Education Department and the accused was suspended and charged with assault, Eye Witness News reported.