LA elementary school, at center of abuse probes, replaces staff
Police stand outside Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles, California, on Monday.
February 7th, 2012
02:38 AM ET

LA elementary school, at center of abuse probes, replaces staff

Students at Miramonte Elementary School will return to class later this week to a new staff because administrators do not want any more "surprises" at the Los Angeles school that is at the center of two child abuse cases.

The school will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to "take a break," the Los Angeles Unified School system said.

When classes resume Thursday, a new staff and social workers will be at hand to receive them, said Los Angeles School District Superintendent John Deasy.

"I can't have anymore surprises at Miramonte," Deasy told an auditorium packed with parents Monday night. "And if there are more, then we'll have to deal with that."

Everyone from current custodians to teachers at Miramonte will be removed, he said.

Those staffers who are not being fired are expected, after undergoing special training, to resume work at another location, he said.

Staffers and students will be questioned as part of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Parents will also be given the option of transferring their children to one of four elementary schools in the area.

"The actions we are taking are not a condemnation of the entire staff," he said.

But it wasn't enough to appease outraged parents, who are demanding additional safeguards for the students.

"We're saying enough is enough," community leader Morris Grifton said at a demonstration Monday. "We want cameras in the classrooms, in the hallways and around the school."

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  1. Rodney King

    Can we replace the L.A.P.D... .Ive just been pulled over.

    February 7, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      I've heard that you're out of money again Rodney. Maybe you should taunt them into beating you again, so you could make some more money. Or you could just get a job. That might be easier.

      February 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    I guess extreme situations need extreme measures, but it's a little late after all these young kids have already been traumatized! It seems their hiring & monitoring process is at question as much as who was able to bypass security standards already in place! How do they know they haven't invited another predator? 2 days is not enough time to thoroughly check the backgrounds of a whole new staff!!

    February 7, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Good morning, Fernace. I don't think backround check can screen abusers. We have a 7yr. veteran of our police force sitting in jail now facing multiple counts of child abuse. We have a cop in Denver who got caught doing the boy thing, and he'd been on the force so long, a detention center was named after him. It's as if these guys have cloaking devices.

    February 7, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    ...not to mention holy pope backround checks. He obviously didn't see them boy humpers coming. (not to be taken lierally. ty) He's the "holy see", not the holey see. Duh.

    February 7, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Hay! I may have stumbled onto something. Maybe when it comes to boy humping, the pope is as blind as a bat. Justice is blind, they say. But blind as a bat? Perhaps our legal sytem needs new glasses. The Justice Department gave US a new pair, now if each State would only look through them and start chargeing these men with statutory raype instead of child abuse. And tell the Supreme Court to sit down when they stand-up and remind US that in their OPINION, it is a violation of a gay man's civil liberties. And get this. They base that opinion on Lawrence v Texas, a case that did NOT involve underaged boys.

    February 7, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. clydster

    @@@@Thanks phillip,,,,,,its nice to see the other side for once! Your right though, detecting these monsters is impossible. These people are all around us and dont have wolves because it could be anybody so why hide now. But continued surveilence video is a very good thing, all class rooms should have a monitoring system for both student and classroom

    February 7, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Actually, finding these "monsters" who are messin' with our kids in schools, church, gyms and in front of the TV while parents are out isn't such a problem anymore, since we have learned lately that those who pontificate the most about those "pervert ex-offenders in the neighborhood" and push that largely eroneous protection idea, are the very ones who are doing this stuff – while we look elsewhere for perps! We need to check with our kids and find out for ourselves about "odd stuff" happening at school or anywhere they hang out with "responsible" adults and not let our focus be fixed on a convenient diversion. What's been going on recently should show us that it's the people we have considered above reproach who are the real culprits (hiding behind that ruse of protecting our kids) – from coaches to teachers, ex'es and even priests!

    February 7, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    We need to start looking closely at the victim's individual family members. A child abused at home sends out "take me, I won't tell" signals...just as a girl rayped at home sends out this very same message to grown men by the time she's 12-14 yrs old. We need to make it a felony violation of law to know and not call the police, especially for "holy men" whom are confided in.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    The abusers can easily spot their next potential victim; 14 yr. old girl wearing dark makeup, little boy suffering from low self-esteem coupled with public fits of anger (expressed hurt). The abusers can spot the little monsters made by the Big Monsters running a dysfunctional family. We need to match their whits.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Bombo...Police are trained with tax dollars. Trained to use force when there is danger, not when there are tauntings. You have my "get a clue" award for the day.

    February 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |