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Los Angeles school reopens amid child abuse scandals
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:42PM
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The elementary school in the US city of Los Angeles, whose staff was suspended after two of the teachers were arrested for performing lewd acts on students, reopens amid child abuse scandals, Press TV reports.


Reportedly, on Thursday more than half of the Miramonte elementary school students returned to class after two days.

This comes while Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy said Tuesday that all the 128-person staff at the Miramonte elementary school would be suspended for a thorough investigation of the issue.

The move came after two teachers, Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, were detained in connection with the child abuse scandal.

Last week, 61-year-old Berndt, was charged with sexually abusing 23 children between 2005 and 2010. Berndt is likely to face life in prison if convicted.

Springer, 49, who has been a teacher at Miramonte for his entire career of more than 25 years, was also arrested Friday on suspicion of abusing two girls in his classroom.

Attorneys Jessica Dominguez and Gregory Owen are representing eight victims from the school and they have also filed three claims against the Los Angeles Unified School District for negligence.

According to Dominguez families are not willing to speak up in of fear of being deported, hence; she has called on the LA Sheriff to assure the parents that their immigration status will not be affected by going to authorities with claims of abuse.

Apparently, an independent commission led by retired California Supreme Court Chief Justice Carlos Moreno will conduct the district's child abuse investigation and all the outgoing teachers and staff members will be interviewed.

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