L.A. Teachers Deliver for Kids by Blindfolding, Fondling Them

Two perverted teachers may not be enough to make a sex ring, but it’s getting kids two days off from a Los Angeles elementary school this week. 

Miramonte Elementary, an L.A. Unified School District school in the unincorporated Florence neighborhood, will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday following the arrests of two teachers charged with sexual abusing their students. From the L.A. Times

The district said the school would be closed to students Tuesday and Wednesday. It was open as usual Monday, and a number of parents went to the campus to protest the district's handling of situation.

Teacher Mark Berndt has been accused of feeding his students his semen, blindfolding them and placing cockroaches on their hands and faces. Berndt was put on leave a year ago and subsequently fired. He was arrested Jan. 30.

Teacher Martin Bernard Springer was accused of allegedly fondling students. He was ordered out of his classroom Thursday morning and was arrested Friday.

The New York Daily News has details on one girl whose parents complained about Berndt to Miramonte Principal Martin Sandoval in 2008. Rather than addressing their concerns, Sandoval transferred the girl to Springer’s class. Both teachers remained in place. During this time Berndt (not to be confused with an L.A. photographer of the same name) allegedly took more than 400 dirty pictures of children. Amazingly, Berndt was taking his photos in an archaic medium called “film” and was only caught when  a CVS film processor blew the whistle on him

Berndt’s activities first came to light in 1994, but for reasons that remain obscure, no action was taken against him at the time. 

The story is getting national attention, and I don’t want to be too opportunistic in using it against United Teachers Los Angeles (whose law firm represented Berndt after he was removed from class and will probably ensure he continues to get his pension). 

But a note about Miramonte: Florence isn’t the worst place in the world, but it’s a lower-income area where the kids actually do fit the description union activists invariably use when telling their sob stories. In my experience, every teacher claims that his or her students are the wretched refuse of the education system. Nobody ever has the grace to allow that one or two kids might be motivated workers with attentive parents. As I said a while back:  

It's a math miracle: Every single teacher only teaches kids who are at risk or underprivileged or special needs or special ed. Using teacher math I calculate that every kid in L.A., my own included, would instantly become a drooling homicidal gangbanger if not for the teachers unions.

The vicious class-based slander about parental inattention is belied by the uproar among Miramonte parents. This is exactly the kind of school that supposedly is why we need to spend so much money on public education for the neediest. Yet the school’s customers couldn’t even get a response to credible evidence that their kids were being sexually abused. 

 

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  • Hugh Akston||

    If Jaime Escalante's biopic was Stand and Deliver, what are they going to call the movie based on this incident?

  • ||

    Open Your Mouth Baby, Here It Comes

  • ||

    "How do I molest these keeeeeeeeedsss?"

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    And guess which teacher was driven from his job quicker?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    The vicious class-based slander about parental inattention is belied by the uproar among Miramonte parents.

    Which is why we've just heard about these teachers now, of course.

  • rather||

    which reminds me.... do you like to play teacher and bad student, HM?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    which reminds me.... do you like to play teacher and bad student, HM?

    Considering my job, I've always found that particular scenario to be a bit to close for comfort.

  • ||

    Finally, a story about teacher molestation that doesn't involve Florida schools.

  • Sudden||

    California: Making Florida look normal since 1848.

  • ||

    There is no comparison, no comparison at all. In Florida, attractive female teachers have sex with teenaged boys. In California, disgusting predator male teachers molest children.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Yet the school’s customers . . .

    Customers?

    Yeah. That's what those parents and their children are.

  • ||

    Shut the fuck up, libertard. Everybody knows God-awful, shitty governmental monopolies are the same as competitive schools offering services to people on a voluntary basis. You probably have a huge Ron Paul cryptofascist poster in your bedroom.

    /Statist in mom's basement, on benefits.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    I'm sorry, sir. Please don't inform the Compliance Committee that I've questioned conventional wisdom.

  • Paul||

    Once again this proves that schools are underfunded. Thanks Koch bros! Thanks for getting our kids molested!

  • Hugh Akston||

    Class sizes are the real problem. How do you expect a teacher to molest 25-30 kids every day and give each one the personal attention they deserve?

  • ||

    Roflmfao.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    It's become so bad that many teachers have to buy their own supplies. Rope, duct tape, blindfolds, film... these things aren't cheap, people!

  • Paul||

    Film!

  • PR||

    the dude in the video looks like an ogler.

  • Zombie Jimbo||

    You mean priests weren't involved at all? How could this be? I thought only the Catholic Church shielded pedophiles.

  • Larry Cuyahoga||

    Public educational institutions are very adept at covering the sexual abuse of children. However, I personally think we shouldn't rush to judgement in these cases. Instead let's hear the facts in court, and let a jury decide judgement.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    If I were a potential California juror, I would agree. Since I'm not going to be called for Calif. jury duty, I can make my best guess as to the probability that a progressive state is falsely accusing a member of one of its core constituencies.

    Of course, it's always possible that the kids are just making stuff up to get back at their teachers for being strict. Or the prosecutor is punishing them for being outspoken against the union. Were I a juror, I would demand that the prosecution disprove such possibilities beyond a reasonable doubt. But as a commenter on the interwebs, I think I know where the balance of probabilities rests.

  • mad libertarian guy||

    The kids are making up photographs brought to the CVS that depict them gurgling jizz?

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    That part will be tough for the guy to explain, sure.

  • 4chan||

    That part will be tough for the guy to explain, sure.

    PHOTOSHOP!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    Yes, he could (as I said) claim he was framed - an enemy in the union doctored some innocuous photos.

    That's why I hope California jurors will keep themselves free from preconceptions.

    So if you're in California, ignore what I said!

  • *||

    Live stream of KFI640, talking about this school/case right now (2/6 @ 3:07pmPCT):
    http://www.iheart.com/#/live/177/?autoplay=true

  • mad libertarian guy||

    Berndt was taking his photos in an archaic medium called “film” and was only caught when a CVS film processor blew the whistle on him.

    I simply can't abide by the idea that my children might be taught by those so fucking stupid as to bring pictures of him molesting kids to the fucking film processor.

    Setting aside that this guy is one of those predatory monsters that the media tries to scare us about all of the fucking time, he's a fucking idiot to boot.

  • Alan||

    'Setting aside that this guy is one of those predatory monsters that the media tries to scare us about all of the fucking time, he's a fucking idiot to boot.'

    Berndt is an idiot, to be sure. He's not a very good predatory monster, though. Those poor kids didn't even know they were being abused until everyone told them so. That's got to be embarrassing at meetings of the Predatory Monsters' Union Local.

    As for Springer - it's a coin toss whether he did anything or not. Over half of such accusations are found to be baseless, and only a small percentage of such accusations are proven to be true. What with all the hoopla, it's possible that confusion is reigning in his case.

  • Bob||

    From the article and comments, it seems that I've stumbled into a Klan rally.

  • ||

    Drink the man batter!

  • ||

    Oh shit. He's right. Opposing the union/state education monopoly is redolent of lynching and burning.

    How...how could I have been so stupid?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    From the article and comments, it seems that I've stumbled into a Klan rally.

    I would write, "Oh shit! Feets don't fail me now!" but I have way too much self-respect for that.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    This guy doesn't seem to know his Ku Klux Klan history.

    "The movement for compulsory public education...became the movement to mandate public schooling and dissolve parochial and other private schools. The movement focused on the public's fear of immigrants and the need to Americanize; it had anti-Catholic overtones and found support from groups like the Ku Klux Klan....

    "In the 1920s the idea of compulsory public education gained traction in various states, largely as a reaction against parochial schools. The Ku Klux Klan supported the movement. In Michigan the movement achieved a referendum on the subject in 1920, but won less than 40 percent of the vote. In Oregon a similar measure passed in 1922. Campaigning for it, the Ku Klux Klan “circulated a tract that pictured a grinning, torch-wielding Catholic bishop triumphantly departing from a burning public school house whose teacher rang the school bell one last time as he lay dying in the vestibule, mourned by crying children.”"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C....._education

  • ||

    Two perverted teachers may not be enough to make a sex ring, but it’s getting kids two days off from a Los Angeles elementary school this week.

    Two perverted teachers may not be enough to make a sex ring, but it’s getting kids two days off from a Los Angeles elementary school this week.

    FIFY, Timmy.

  • Jill||

  • ||

    lol, gotta jsut love the suystem!
    www.Be-Anon.tk

  • cynical||

    Welp, yet another way that schools are like prisons.

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