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Sunland middle school teacher removed pending investigation

Students bus Loyola Village Elementary School

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Students enter an LAUSD bus.

LAUSD has removed yet another teacher this week, this time at Mount Gleason Middle School in Sunland. The teacher was removed from the classroom as police investigate allegations of "inappropriate conduct," according to school officials.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the school district sent students at Mt. Gleason Middle School home with a letter about the investigation and said it is working closely with the LAPD. The statement said that the school district was directed by police not to release further details.

"Crisis counselors and psychiatric social workers are available to work with students that might be impacted by the removal of the teacher," according to the statement, as reported by the Times. "The district takes each and every reported act of misconduct seriously. We are committed to aggressively pursuing each case to determine the truth and, if necessary, initiate the appropriate disciplinary measures."

NBC4 reports that the alleged improper conduct may have involved three students, but that could not be verified by police.

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The LAPD has sent Juvenile Division officers to the school to conduct interviews, but at this point no charges or arrests have been made.

Calls placed to LAUSD were not immediately returned.

The removal comes on top of a series of inappropriate conduct cases reported in the wake of Mark Berndt's arrest in late January for 23 counts of lewd conduct. These include a Fremont high school coach, a Pacoima third grade teacher and a former music teacher at Hamilton High.

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