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LA school in sex abuse scandal reopens - without any of the former staff

The entire staff of the primary school – including teachers, the principal and canteen staff – were replaced after two former teachers were arrested on charges of abuse.

A student holding a sign outside the Miramonte Elementary School earlier today
A student holding a sign outside the Miramonte Elementary School earlier today
Image: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

CHILDREN TODAY RETURNED  to a primary school in Los Angeles where the entire staff was replaced after the arrests of two former teachers on charges of committing lewd acts with students in class.

Hundreds of students streamed through the front doors under the eyes of school police and some 100 protesters, who opposed the disruption of removing everyone from the principal to the custodian for the rest of the school year.

The protesters, who included parents and students at Miramonte Elementary School, held signs proclaiming “Give us our teachers back,” and “LAUSD Shame on You.”

“It’s kind of hard,” said Lorena Sorian, whose sixth-grader attends Miramonte. “You barely know your teacher, and they’re gone. The kids don’t know what’s going on.”

Sorian said the arrest of the two teachers made her think twice about enrolling her younger children at Miramonte next fall.

A new school currently is under construction nearby.

The case of a third-grade teacher accused of feeding children his semen during bizarre tasting games in his classroom over a five-year period has sparked outrage and roiled the nation’s second-largest school district.

Los Angeles Unified School District officials closed the school on Tuesday and Wednesday to completely replace the 120-member staff.

Superintendent John Deasy said the move was necessary to restore trust among parents in the largely poor, Latino neighborhood of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

Deasy has said he will decide whether any of the previous staff will return to Miramonte after the district completes its investigation.

The president of the teachers union claimed Thursday that none of the instructors will be allowed back.

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