Alleged Victims Of LAUSD Teacher To Appear On ‘Dr. Phil’
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Alleged victims of former LAUSD teacher Mark Berndt are appearing on the Dr. Phil show Thursday, Feb. 16.
Two pre-teen girls who were enrolled at the embattled Miramonte Elementary School say Berndt, who taught at the school for more than 30 years, would take them out of their classes to have him perform tasks in his classroom.
They claim he would blindfold them and feed them cookies topped with a slimy substance — which investigators say was his semen – after they were ordered to pass out papers or sharpen pencils.
One of the girls’ mothers tells Dr. Phil she feels “like I’m undone. Psychologically, I’m destroyed because of everything she told me.”
Other former students as old as 19 and 21 say Berndt’s behavior was bizarre a decade ago and suspect inappropriate acts may have occurred when they were at the school.
Berndt faces 23 felony counts and is being held on $23 million bail.
Another teacher at Miramonte, Martin Springer, pleaded guilty last week to three felony counts of committing a lewd act on a child.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy announced last week that 88 teachers and 40 staff members from Miramonte were being moved to Augustus Hawkins High School in the wake of the scandal.
“A lot of them feel like they’re innocent. They’re being unfairly tarnished,” United Teachers Los Angeles Secretary David Lyell told CBS2.
Dr. Phil airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on CBS2.