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Compton Superintendent Responds to Teacher Abuse Allegations

The school's interim superintendent said there was "no coverup"

By Stephanie Elam
|  Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:52 PM PDT
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Parents at a Compton middle school criticized school officials' handling of teacher abuse allegations. Interim Superint Karen Frison responds to claims that there was a cover-up on campus.

Parents at a Compton middle school criticized school officials' handling of teacher abuse allegations. Interim Superint Karen Frison responds to claims that there was a cover-up on campus.

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District officials are responding to criticism about how they handled allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a teacher at Davis Middle School and a female student.

There was "no cover-up, [we were] completely transparent," said Karen Frison, interim superintendent of Compton Unified School District. "We want to keep kids safe."

Frison said she was notified about the issue late Friday, but at that point she no longer controlled the investigation, which had been handed over to the sheriff's department.

The male physical education teacher at the center of the allegation is on paid administration leave during the investigation.

Students will continue to be interviewed "until we feel we have enough of a sampling to get a good idea of what happened," said Sgt. Dan Scott, from the Special Victims Bureau.

If needed, they may expand their investigation to another school year, Scott said.

The family that initiated the investigation claimed the school's principal told them to "stop lying." Frison said she knows nothing about that.

 "I have not been privy to that conversation but as I talk with her I will ask her about it," Frison said.

Children at Davis Middle School are getting counseling and that the principal has been actively involved, Frison said.

"She's aware of the students who have in fact been talked with or have been questioned so she's supporting them," Frison said.

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