Complete Coverage of the ongoing investigation of a South LA elementary school

Miramonte Parents Call for Return of School's Original Teachers

They also want the investigators off campus

By Lolita Lopez and Yvonne Beltzer
|  Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012  |  Updated 7:12 PM PDT
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Parents say they want teachers returned to school and investigators to leave. Sheriff Baca sends families a letter asking their help.

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Parents say they want teachers returned to school and investigators to leave. Sheriff Baca sends families a letter asking their help.

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Some of the parents at the Miramonte Elementary School in Florence took a petition to the Los Angeles School District Tuesday to ask that the original teachers be returned to the school.

One of the parents, Guadalupe Garcia, said removing the teachers was disruptive for the children.

Dozens of parents signed the petition and the teachers’ union provided a bus to take the parents to the district headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

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All of the teachers were transferred after two Miramonte teachers were arrested on child molestation charges.

Since the arrests, sheriff’s investigators have been pulling students out of class to speak to them after asking their parents’ permission.

But some of the parents want the questioning of children to stop and they want the investigators to leave the campus.

But Sheriff’s investigators said they would be there indefinitely.

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca sent a letter in both English and Spanish to the families of Miramonte’s 1,500 students.

In it, he asked anyone with information to come forward and he promised the department would not ask anyone about their immigration status. He said personal information would not be shared with immigration authorities.

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