The Los Angeles Unified School District is under extreme scrutiny this week following multiple allegations of child abuse and sexual molestation made against three of its teachers. None of the suspects have been convicted of crimes, but three teachers have been linked to alleged lewd acts. After Mark Berndt, a former third-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, was arrested earlier this week for exploiting at least 23 students, another teacher has been removed from the same school pending an investigation of new accusations of misconduct. The removed teacher has not been charged or arrested.
How can the LAUSD better screen its teachers and prevent them from sexually abusing students? How responsible is the school district for the individual crimes committed by employees? Has the LAUSD handled these incidents appropriately?
Vanessa Romo, KPCC education reporter live from Miramonte School