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LA Unified superintendents sued over teacher sex abuse

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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012.

The current Los Angeles schools superintendent John Deasy and five of his predecessors are being sued on grounds that they intentionally quashed complaints about teacher sex abuse of students over the past two decades.

Attorney Brian Claypool said Tuesday that he filed the suit on behalf of the 12 children and 19 parents he is representing in another lawsuit stemming from the case of a former third-grade teacher facing charges for allegedly feeding students his semen over five years.

Claypool says the superintendents created a culture where administrators were encouraged to dismiss complaints about teacher misconduct.

District General Counsel David Holmquist says in statement that student safety is a top priority and the district continues to extensively review its policies.

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