LA School In Sex Abuse Scandal Reopens

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Children are returning to a Los Angeles-area elementary school where the entire staff has been replaced following the arrests of two former teachers on charges of committing lewd acts with students in class.

Police are keeping an eye on Miramonte Elementary School Thursday morning as youngsters head to classes after a two-day

About 100 parents and some children are protesting in front of the campus over the decision to replace the staff for the rest of the year -- a move that is costing the school district millions of dollars.

Parents have been invited to meet the new principal and teachers at a morning assembly.

Sinister allegations of abuse are prompting parents to remind their children that pastors, teachers and even relatives might do things that could hurt them.

The charges have been a grim reminder of risks faced by kids, even within the safety of school walls.

Thirty-year old Sergio Vasquez said Wednesday that he talked with his daughter for 45 minutes after she watched a news report about the disturbing cases that prompted the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace every employee at Miramonte Elementary School.

He tells his 8-year-old daughter Hayley to speak up if she sees anything suspicious, or if any teacher tries to manipulate her by giving her candy, touching her hair or shoulders.

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