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3 who allegedly raped fellow teen also special needs students

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (FOX13) -

West Memphis High School Principal Jon Collins defended a staff member who spoke with a special needs student in February after he was allegedly raped and assaulted by three fellow students in a school bathroom.

Principal Collins said on Tuesday the victim never mentioned to anyone being sexually assaulted by three other male teens, who are also special needs students at the school. Instead, the teen victim told an assistant principal the three boys tried to take his money in the bathroom and nothing else.

According to a West Memphis Police report classmates Kenneth Bedford, 17, Terrance Jones, 16, and Orlando Hamilton, 15, allegedly raped and assaulted their classmate in a school bathroom on Feb. 13.

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Despite their ages, Crittenden County prosecutors say they plan to try the trio as adults when the case comes to trial April 29.

Principal Collins said no one from the school was aware of the alleged rape until after school.

"It wasn't until we were alerted by the West Memphis Police Department that there was a sexual assault," he said. "From that point on, we have been cooperating 100 percent fully."

According to West Memphis Police incident reports obtained by FOX13 News, the three students allegedly admitted to skipping class and were hanging out in a bathroom when the victim came in. According to the report, filed by the victim, Jones and Bedford came up behind him and dropped his pants. The suspects then forced him onto the ground and while one suspect held him the other allegedly raped him.

In his statement to police, Jones alleged all three boys started punching and kicking the victim while making fun of him.

After their assault the three teens left the bathroom thinking they heard someone coming. In his statement to West Memphis police, the victim alleged he went to the school's administrative office and informed them of what happened.

"I can honestly say these kids were not habitual trouble makers with us," added Collins.

The victim, also a male, alleges a school administrator, not named in the report, told him they'd take care of the situation the next day and he was told to return to class. Once he got home the teenage victim reported the rape to his guardian who then took him to authorities to report the rape.

All three suspects tell a different story about who actually committed the alleged rape.

Collins says he and staff members will come up with a plan to make sure nothing like this alleged sexual attack happens in the future and if parents have any concerns about safety of their kids, to call him.

Until the three teen suspects are proven guilty in criminal court, the school district is required to provide them with an education, the principal said. The trio are currently attending classes at an alternative school.
 
As for the victim, the high school has made accommodations so he can be taught at home.

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FOX13 News reporter Les Smith contributed to this report.

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