Miramonte Sex Abuse Scandal: LAUSD Investigating As Students, Parents Protest Staff Removal
The Los Angeles Unified School District, meanwhile, is investigating the sex abuse allegations.
"We don't like the drastic change. They removed all the teachers... I think it's unfair," said Nelly Rodriguez, who kept her son, David, out of his 6th grade class today. "It's close to the end of the school year [and] I don't think it was a good idea."
Angelica Perez, a sixth grade student, also didn't attend class Thursday. "We want our teachers back and I'm not going to go to school until she's back," she said.
LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said the decision to remove the teachers is aimed at rebuilding trust among the students and parents who have lost confidence in the wake of the sex abuse scandal.
"There’s two groups of people that [Superintendent John Deasy] is responsible for: one of them are the students and the parents and the other is the staff that work at Miramonte," said Monica Carazo, a spokesperson for the LAUSD, in an interview. "In order to work with the staff, because they were having some hardships with all that was happing with the school, he made them three goals that he wants to do for the staff. And one of them is to provide support that they need to find the victims, to conduct an investigation, to speak to all the staff, whoever works there and to provide a classroom that is calm, stable and a supportive environment."
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) said they would "vigorously represent" the rights of teachers who were removed.
“The removal of 85 teachers from this school without investigation was nothing more than a cheap media stunt, intended to deflect attn from the fact that the tragedy that is occurring at this school is a result of a failure of supervision,” UTLA president Warren Fletcher told reporters Thursday.
Two teachers have been arrested and charged with committing lewd acts on at least 24 students.