AirTalk for February 8, 2012

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on Miramonte Elementary sex abuse scandal

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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.

As school district administrators move to replace the entire staff at Miramonte Elementary School, which has been rocked by teacher sex abuse claims, new allegations of misconduct have emerged. The Los Angeles Times reports that a 50-year-old teacher’s aide sent letters to an 11-year-old boy in 2009, including one that read, “When you get close to me, even if you give me the chills I like that. Don't tell nobody about this!” The school remains closed today, following last week’s arrests of Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, two veteran teachers from Miramonte accused of lewd acts towards children. Superintendent Deasy joins Larry to discuss the latest news from this troubled school.

Meanwhile, the sheriff's department expects other students will now come forward. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD of (877) 710-5273.

Guest:

John Deasy, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)


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