Parents Threatening To Keep Kids Home From Miramonte Elementary School On Monday

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Parents of students at a South Los Angeles elementary school are outraged after finding out that two teachers have allegedly been preying on their children, possibly for years.

And some of those parents are talking about keeping their kids home on Monday as a sign of protest.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy says he is sickened by both cases, CBS2’s Joy Benedict reports.

“These two teachers broke a sacred trust. It’s despicable and I hope they’re punished for the rest of their lives,” Deasy said. “The issue here is the disgust and horror of an act of an individual, not a community.”

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Martin Springer, 49, of Alhambra was the second Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of sexual misconduct in the same week.

No charges have been filed against Springer, who was being held on $2 million bond after allegations surfaced that he fondled two young girls in the classroom.

Investigators say the incident happened in the last three years when the two girls were around 7 years old.

Springer’s arrest Friday followed the arrest of fellow teacher Mark Berndt. Officials say Berndt photographed young girls in bondage-type poses, some allegedly involving cockroaches being placed on their faces.

There were also accusations that Berndt photographed students being served cookies and other things that allegedly contained his bodily fluid.

Berndt is being charged with 23 counts of lewd acts on children and was being held on $23 million bond. His arrest followed a year-long investigation.

According to prosecutors, there is no evidence at this time to suggest that the two cases are at all connected.

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  1. Jose says:

    Maybe you should keep your kids from school OR maybe all you parents should SUE the school district. The latter action will make a greater impression. They hate negative publicity

  2. mike says:

    23 diffrent kids with the first teacher and you are trying to tell me NOT ONE said something to a parent or anyone else BULL something is wrong with the parents NOT THE SCHOOL

  3. 1stman SNIFFS BALLS says:

    Yeah, we all know that. Go advertise in West Hollywood.

  4. I can't believe it's not butter says:

    If you look at the demographics. These parents aren’t so smart about taking their kids away from school on Monday. Each of these parents may not have the funds to hire a lawyer to sue the L.A.U.S.D. Even perhaps going after the Superintendant of the District. If it was in another area that is middle-class neighborhood, you will find parents gearing up their lawyers for lawsuits by now. And it’s not the middle of the year yet. The parents of their affected children should be looking for a lawyer by now. Show the Superintendant of the District and the L.A.U.S.D. that you’re not going to sit there while just hearing “I’m truly sorry” kind of an apology. It’s not junior or high school to begin with. These kids are just getting started. It’s just disgusting to hear what these teachers are doing.

    1. Roger Thornhill says:

      You don’t think a publicity hungry attorney won’t take the case on a contingency basis?

  5. anon anonymous says:

    dont worry, the Kids need 2 meals a day from the school… their life depends on it on Monday….

  6. Hayden Sherman says:

    CAN WE FIRE UP “OLD SPARKY” JUST TWO MORE TIMES JUST ON ACCOUNT OF THESE FREAKS. I KNOW CALIFORNIA NEVER USED THE CHAIR BUT MAYBE NEW YORK WILL LET US BORROW HER FOR A FEW DAY. EITHER THAT THE GAS CHAMBER.

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