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Protest planned, classes canceled at Miramonte Elementary

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Some parents have formed "Madres de Miramonte."

Some parents at Miramonte Elemntary planned to protest outside the school Monday, as  LAUSD Supertintendent John Deasy scheduled a meeting with parents for Monday night and canceled classes at the school Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The timing of the protest and the number of parents who planned to appear was not clear. The closure is related to the investigation and aftermath of the arrested teachers.

Last week teacher Mark Berndt, 61, who worked at the school for 32 years, was charged with committing lewd acts on 23 children, ages 6 to 10, between 2005 and 2010. He's accused of blindfolding children and feeding them his own semen in his classroom in what children were allegedly told was a "tasting game." He is being held on $23 million bail.

Four days after Berndt was arrested, another teacher, Martin Springer, 49, was arrested on suspicion of fondling two girls in his classroom. He is being held on $2 million bail.

Investigators said they know of no connection between the cases.

In the meantime, LAPD announced on Friday it's launching an investigation after KPCC reported allegations that a Hamilton High School music magnet teacher showered naked with students at a local gym. 

 

 

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