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Disabled student sexually assaulted on bus

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Melissa Meehan

A disabled teenager has been sexually assaulted on a Victorian school bus by another student, apparently unnoticed by the paid supervisor on board.

ABC's 7.30 program revealed on Tuesday that the teenager's family was seeking legal advice after the filmed incident on a bus, which was supposed to be supervised by a chaperone.

The ABC says the 16-year-old was repeatedly encouraged to give another student, whose genitals were exposed for much of the video, oral sex on the bus.

His mother found the selfie-style video on her son's mobile phone, which had been taken by another student, who also has an intellectual disability.

The video runs for three minutes.

"I put him out there and relied on people to look after him or, you know, protect him when we can't. And their system failed," Leanne Aughterson told the ABC.

"I can't come up with a reason why a supervisor could miss this. You would have to be blind."

Monash Special Development School principal Helen McCoy told the ABC she was appalled by what had happened.

She also said supervision on the bus during the incident was inadequate.

Education Minister James Merlino has commissioned an independent investigation into the school's handling of the incident involving the teenager.

He told AAP in a statement the contract between Crown Coaches and Monash Special Development School had been terminated and further action will be taken if the company cannot show that proper safety measures are in place across all bus routes.

An education department spokesman described the incident as "deeply concerning and unacceptable".

"When the school became aware of this incident it was reported to police and DHHS, a safety management plan was put in place in the school to ensure the two students were safe, and support was offered to both families," he told AAP in a statement.

Victoria Police confirmed they had investigated the matter - which occurred in Wheelers Hill in May - and no charges have been laid.

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