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'An extremely difficult week for the LAUSD community,' superintendent says

 John Deasy, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District
John Deasy, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District Nick Ut/AP

After all the Hamilton teacher abuse allegations that surfaced this week, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said he was "appalled and sickened" at news of the arrest of a second teacher at Miramonte Elementary School. Deasy could not be reached for comment but the district released this statement:

"As an educator and a father, I'm appalled and sickened by the allegations against this teacher," said the Superintendent. "The District is working closely with the entire Miramonte community to deal with the terrible trauma that has arisen as the result of the arrest of Mark Berndt earlier this week and today's arrest of Martin Springer."

Deasy noted that the District removed Springer from the Miramonte campus yesterday when he first learned of the allegations. He said he will ask the Board of Education early next week to immediately terminate Springer's employment.

"Though this has been an extremely difficult week for the entire LAUSD community," said Deasy, "we must never lose sight of the fact that the great majority of teachers in this District are caring, nurturing, and understanding toward their students."

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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