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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City School District has placed employees at Southwest Early College Campus on administrative leave after a girl with autism was repeatedly raped over a month-long period.

A boy and girl were taken into custody on Tuesday, and are now in the custody of juvenile authorities, according to a Kansas City Police Department spokesman.

The parents of the 15-year-old girl took her to Children's Mercy Hospital on Wednesday after their daughter said she had been repeatedly raped while at school. The girl woke her parents up in the middle of the night to say she was experiencing pain in her vagina.

The highly emotional girl said an eighth-grader had repeatedly raped her while a female eighth grader had served as a look out, according to the police report obtained by KCTV5. She said the boy repeatedly punched her in the chest and arms if she refused.

The attacks occurred in a room on the second floor that were out of the view of surveillance cameras, according to the police report. Each attack occurred before the girl's math class.

It wasn't immediately clear whether school district employees failed to properly handle the allegations or what led to them being placed on administrative leave.

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said the initial review has led him to place "a number of personnel" at Southwest Early College Campus on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.

"There will be additional personnel placed on administrative leave if the investigation uncovers additional facts that warrant their removal. Once the investigation is complete, a final decision will be made about whether they will continue as employees of KCPS or will be dismissed. I have directed my team to take any and all steps necessary to insure the safety of our students and our staff at SWECC," he said.

Citing personnel policies, the district refused to identify the employees placed on leave. However, Principal Edwin Richardson is no longer running the school's day-to-day operations.

A district spokesman told KCTV5 Thursday night that "Senior Director of School Leadership Derald Davis is now in charge of that campus." Green was at the campus on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The school, which was previously known as Southwest High School, serves students from seventh to 12th grades.

The girl told her parents that she didn't tell them sooner because she feared her father "would attempt to handle the situation himself and get into trouble," according to the police report.

The girl's mother told police that her daughter is autistic and "does not always fully comprehend and communicate the same as other children of the same age."

Social workers were to conduct an interview of the girl and the state's child abuse hotline was notified.

Here is Green's statement in its entirety:

On April 2, 2014 it was reported to us that a student at Southwest Early College Campus was allegedly the victim of a sexual assault. Since learning of these very serious and troubling allegations, I directed the KCPS administration to undertake an investigation and to fully cooperate with the Kansas City Police Department during its investigation. My team and I are deeply concerned about all the children involved in this alleged incident.

As a result of KCPS's investigation, we have placed a number of personnel from SWECC on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. There will be additional personnel placed on administrative leave if the investigation uncovers additional facts that warrant their removal. Once the investigation is complete, a final decision will be made about whether they will continue as employees of KCPS or will be dismissed. I have directed my team to take any and all steps necessary to insure the safety of our students and our staff at SWECC.

I have also directed the Facilities Department to make any modifications that they believe are necessary to prevent any further incidents of this sort. We are committed to insuring that our buildings are safe and secure for our children and staff.

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