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Group Calls for Resignation of LA Schools Chief John Deasy

The calls for Deasy to resign come amid molestation charges lodged against teachers at Miramonte Elementary School



    There are calls from parents and teachers for L.A. school superintendent John Deasy to step down over his handling of the Miramonte abuse scandal. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012)

    A LAUSD substitute teacher and a group of parents are calling on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to resign in the wake of molestation allegations against teachers in the nation’s second largest school district.

    “If this happened under his watch, then he needs to be held accountable as well,” said LAUSD substitute teacher David Garcia. “He cannot sidestep his culpability, his guilt, in this situation.”

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    The call for Deasy's resignation came as Deasy released a video statement to the district's 84,000 employees and staff, reminding them to review a packet of information on child abuse awareness.

    Deasy Statement on Child Abuse Awareness

    [LA] Deasy Statement on Child Abuse Awareness
    LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy appears in a video to be released to school employees, directing them to undergo special child abuse awareness training. The training comes in the wake of a sex abuse scandal at Miramonte Elementary School in Florence, Calif.
    (Published Monday, Feb. 20, 2012)

    “I ask that you as a staff you set aside time to review the special training you are going to receive from our experts,” Deasy said in the four-minute video.

    Teachers and staff will be required to review reporting forms about what to do if there is suspicion that a child has been abused physically or mentally.

    Deasy stressed to employees that the arrests of two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School for sex crimes “do not reflect on you or your professionalism.

    “Just because a few members have done terrible things, that are being dealt with appropriately by law enforcement officials, that does not reflect on the amazing teaching, leadership and classified staff that I see every day in LAUSD,” Deasy said.

    The former Miramonte employees reported to work at the yet-to-be opened Augustus Hawkins High School where they are getting counseling and are being interviewed by officials investigating abuse allegations at Miramonte, Deasy said.

    A new staff of teachers, meanwhile, has taken on duties at Miramonte, where each classroom has a teacher and a counselor to support the students.

    “Let me be very clear,” Deasy said. “After all our investigations are complete, and no additional issues emerge, every staff member of Miramonte who is now at Augustus Hawkins will have the opportunity to return to the school.”

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