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LA school district to pay $30 million for abuse claims (58 current and former students)
NBC News ^ | 3/12/13 | Dan Whitcomb

Posted on 03/13/2013 2:44:28 AM PDT by Libloather

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement with 58 current and former students at a school where an ex-teacher was accused of taking bondage-style photos of pupils, a lawyer for the district said on Tuesday.

The settlement would resolve nearly half of the 129 claims filed by former students of Miramonte Elementary School, attorney David Holmquist said.

**SNIP**

Mark Berndt, the first of two former Miramonte teachers accused of molesting students there, made headlines when he was charged in January 2012 with 23 counts of lewd acts on children, all aged 10 and younger.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; claims; la; school
I wonder if background checks would work on teachers.
1 posted on 03/13/2013 2:44:28 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

The district ( taxpayer) gets to paid for these abuse cases?

Gee! I hope the teachers, principals, and superintendents involved get sued into oblivion.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 2:46:36 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Libloather

Where do I sign up to get abused like this and collect half a million dollars?


3 posted on 03/13/2013 2:51:24 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

I wonder how much of municipalities budgets go to paying off lawsuits? In our litigious society where you can sue someone because they said something that hurt your feelers (even if it’s true and justified) a greedy attorney can devastate someone’s life in a courtroom using his mouth and a few pieces of paper.


4 posted on 03/13/2013 3:11:47 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

BTW -I’m not saying what the teacher did should not be punished; he should and harshly. My point is that someone’s always got to pay and pay big time on lawsuit like this that’s going to be paid with tax dollars. It’s not like $470K is going to fix the emotional damage done to those children. Money can’t fix everything. Unless you hear an attorney argue for it in a court of law.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 3:17:16 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: dennisw; jsanders2001

So you both think that the kids, listed as under 10, should just “take it” and expect that all their life older people, powerful people can force them to do anything, because they are bigger or hold a postion of authority? It looks like you would like to “get in” on being abused or that suing a school, a scout leader, a priest has no value in slowing down abuse. Get a life.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 3:45:10 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: dennisw

All you have to do is register to be a student at one of these hellhole schools.

So you think that students who have been abused by this pervert shouldn’t receive damages?


7 posted on 03/13/2013 5:07:27 AM PDT by goldi
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To: q_an_a

No, off course not. I realize that your response was a knee-jerk reaction to my first post but i clarified my meaning in the post that followed because I realized it could have been taken out of context given that my statement was made online without visual cues to my intent.. My issue is with attorneys turning it into a circus for big $$$ and making taxpayers pay for it. I wonder how much their take was. That will tell you how much of their concern was genuine.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 5:12:49 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Libloather

CLOSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS!


9 posted on 03/13/2013 5:12:52 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: wintertime

We all know how this plays out. The TAXPAYER will pay this claim and it won’t impact the school bureaucracy one bit. There will be no belt-tightening, other than by the taxpayer.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 5:15:46 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: goldi

> So you think that students who have been abused by this pervert shouldn’t receive damages?

Yes. But the damage has already been done. Money can’t repair psychological damage or erase memories. Are the damages due to posing in bondage positions or did a sex assault or aggravated sexual assail occur? That would make a difference to me. Teacher should do life in prison or receive a death sentence with that many victims.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 5:19:58 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Libloather

There is so much more abuse in public schools than the church, yet the MSM continues their meme that the church is the place where abuse is common.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 5:23:31 AM PDT by MNDude (I survived the sequester!)
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To: dennisw

as usual - the lawyers get most of the money and the victims divide a much smaller pot.

And this is the setup that is destroying many good things in our society.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 5:24:20 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Libloather

The settlement should come out of the teachers/administrators retirement funds — CalPERS.


14 posted on 03/13/2013 5:29:12 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: MNDude
There is so much more abuse in public schools than the church, yet the MSM continues their meme that the church is the place where abuse is common.

I think they should just move these teachers to a different school, don't you???

15 posted on 03/13/2013 5:30:25 AM PDT by Iscool (uee)
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To: MNDude

By the bye, the Catholic archdiocese of L.A. has agreed to pay another ten million dollars to sex abuse victims making a total of about 670 million dollars paid out so far.


16 posted on 03/13/2013 5:35:35 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: jsanders2001

It doesn’t make any difference if a sexual assault occurred or not. We had a teacher in my state go to jail for five years for just taking pictures of male students without their shirts on.

Monetary damages puts officials on notice that they better get a handle on what’s going on in their schools. It also allows the parents of the victims to remove their children from the public school system and have them educated somewhere else..


17 posted on 03/13/2013 5:42:47 AM PDT by goldi
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To: q_an_a; goldi

Bondage style photos??? Maybe the parents were in cahoots with the “teacher” to pull down this big payday. 30$ million from the taxpayer!!! What a country!


18 posted on 03/13/2013 5:50:13 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Did you read the article?

“Berndt is accused of taking bondage-style photos of students, some with large, live “Madagascar-type cockroaches” on their faces. In others, students were seen with spoons of semen held to their faces, according to authorities. He has pleaded not guilty.”

Or are you okay with this?


19 posted on 03/13/2013 6:10:36 AM PDT by goldi
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To: goldi

for boys and for 500000$ YES. Girls no. I would volunteer for this. Like I said this was a scam, a racket cooked up by a teacher and some parents to shake down the LA school system for 30 million. They are poor and want the money and the SSI checks and this too. Your thinking is from another era. These parents were in on it and ginned up phoney lawyers and phoney outrage


20 posted on 03/13/2013 6:39:02 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Do you have proof of that?


21 posted on 03/13/2013 8:48:16 AM PDT by goldi
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To: goldi

I wish I had proof on this one, but with so much money at stake most of these lawsuits are ginned up by parents and teachers. Some are not.


22 posted on 03/13/2013 1:58:35 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Please allow me to say that there is no amount of money that can make up for being abused like this.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 2:02:27 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

How about you get a 20 million lawsuit award because some edumacator photographed you with alleged “bondage porn” once or twice. That sounds like a great deal


24 posted on 03/13/2013 2:05:20 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

The first sentence says there were 58 students involved.

A conspiracy that large is nearly impossible.


25 posted on 03/15/2013 5:59:14 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

When poor people see so much (taxpayer) money up for grabs anything can happen. You must remember we live in the age of Obama.

Such as, there were pedophile priests, But how many phony victims hopped on board that one. You hear there are 5 claims of that priest molesting boys 25 years ago. You claim you were molested by him too. The priest cannot credibly deny your claim while (perhaps) admitting the other valid ones. The jury and public will figure everyone who claimed it, was indeed a true victim


26 posted on 03/16/2013 5:07:25 AM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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