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Teen Sues Culver City School District Over Alleged Sexual Assault

"As starting players, assailants were in peak physical condition, extremely strong and physically intimidating," the lawsuit claims.

Members of the Culver City High School football team allegedly raped a 14-year-old freshman on school grounds over the course of several days, according to a lawsuit the girl's guardian filed last week.

The girl is suing three then-upperclassmen, along with the Culver City Unified School District, which she believes should have prevented the alleged attacks and subsequent bullying, in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The suit, filed Jan. 14, lists multiple assaults that allegedly took place between Dec. 4 and Dec. 22, 2013, including "rape, physical assault, sexual molestation, sexual battery (and) mental and emotional distress."

A representative of the district didn't reply to a request for comment from NBC4. The district was closed Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The attacks began after the football players allegedly coerced the girl, who remains anonymous, to "hang out" in the school's parking lot when school was in session. There, two of the students sexually assaulted her, the lawsuit claims.

The sexual assaults allegedly continued on school grounds for the next several days, according to the suit.

"As starting players, assailants were in peak physical condition, extremely strong and physically intimidating," the suit states.

Video of the assaults were sent to other students around the school, contributing to rumors about the girl's "promiscuity," according to the suit and the players allegedly threatened her to keep quiet about the attack and, later, two of them tried to have her rescind her report of the rapes.

One hundred additional unnamed people are also named as defendants for allegedly contributing to bullying of the girl.

The school failed to monitor its grounds during the attack, the plaintiffs argue, and the school district should have known similar incidents had occurred in the past and that the girl's attackers had a history of misconduct.

Now 15, the girl "was forced to transfer schools in order to escape the relentless bullying, humiliation and trauma of having to go to school with her abusers," the lawsuit says.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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