LAUSD elementary school teacher suspected of molesting 23 children

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LAUSD elementary school teacher suspected of molesting 23 children
News from Contra Costa Times:

A Torrance man who taught at a Florence-area school for 30 years is suspected of photographing children with their eyes blindfolded, allowing large cockroaches to crawl over their faces, and feeding them his semen, deputies said Tuesday.

Mark Berndt, 61, was arrested Monday for allegedly committing lewd acts on 23 Miramonte Elementary School students who believed they were playing games and eating a sugary treat, sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Scott said.

Detectives believe Berndt was actually using his students to act out scenes similar to an adult bondage video found in his apartment.

“What kind of scum would do something like this?” Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy told the Daily Breeze. “We put such trust in our employees of kids in our care. To violate that trust is probably the lowest thing you could possibly do. I hope the man is in jail for the rest of his life and then some.”

Authorities began investigating Berndt in January 2011, when a film lab turned over suspicious photographs of the children to police. He resigned from his position last June, four months after the Board of Education moved to terminate him but before his employment was actually severed.

Berndt, who is being held in county jail on $ 2.3 million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned today in a downtown courtroom on 23 counts o…………… continues on Contra Costa Times

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Disaster aftermath: Children disabled in the 2005 earthquake still out of school
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Unicef report­s lack of access­ibilit­y, social exclus­ion major factor­s.

A child who was disabled in the 2005 earthquake in Battagram. PHOTO: IRIN

PESHAWAR: 

Jawad Khan, 15, spends most of his day at home in his village in the remote Battagram district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), sometimes glancing at a magazine, or occasionally helping his mother shell peas or cut up potatoes.

His three younger siblings spend their day in school, and Jawad, a top student in his grade till a year ago, assists them with revision and homework. He has himself refused to go to school for over a year as the new private school set up in the area lacks a ramp for his wheelchair.

Jawad lost both legs after he was trapped for over two hours under the rubble of his public school during the devastating quake of 2005 which killed at least 73,000 people in parts of K-P (then known as the North West Frontier Province) and Azad Kashmir.

That school is still to be built, and Jawad says he “feels too embarrassed” to be carried to his classroom. To add to his problems, his wheelchair, donated soon after his legs were amputated when he was nine, has also virtually fallen apart. “My family cannot afford a new one,” he said according to a report by IRI…………… continues on The Express Tribune

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