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Middle School Teacher Removed From Classroom For Unspecified Allegations

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LOS ANGELES (CBS)  — Another teacher has been removed from a classroom at a Los Angeles Unified School District school, according to officials.

Los Angeles Unified School District said the teacher was removed from a classroom at the Mt. Gleason Middle School in Sunland. Reasons were not given for the removal but a parent who said her child was in the teacher’s class said the allegations were sexual in nature.

The teacher has not been arrested.

L.A. Unified “is working with law enforcement and at its direction cannot disclose the details at this time,” according to a district statement released Friday afternoon. “Crisis counselors and psychiatric social workers are available to work with students that might be impacted by the removal of the teacher.”

Melissa McCarty, reporting from the school for CBS2 and KCAL9, said students were sent home early with a letter explaining the removal.

McCarty says the LAPD confirmed with her that three students have come forward, with written reports, to allege inappropriate behavior from the unidentified algebra teacher. The instructor has worked at the school for more than ten years.

McCarty also spoke to parent Danielle Harmon who says her daughter and niece both have the teacher and he makes them feel uncomfortable. “This has gone on for a long time and for it to happen in this small community? It’s outrageous.”

It’s the latest in a series of teacher removals throughout the school district in light of sexual abuse allegations.

The LAUSD recently replaced the entire staff of 120 employees at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles after two longtime teachers at that campus were arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children and committing lewd acts.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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