Entire LA School Staff Removed During Abuse Probe

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The entire staff at a Los Angeles elementary school is being removed while officials investigate sexual abuse allegations.

Police arrested two men, Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, who work as teachers at the Miramonte Elementary School.

They are charged with committing lewd acts with children on school grounds.

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy told parents Monday night that more than 120 staff members would be replaced until at least August to allow time for the investigation and to give staffers support as they try to get through the scandal.

"We intend to interview every adult, every adult who works at that school, whether they are a teacher or administrator, or whether they are an after-school playground worker or a custodian or a secretary. I mean every single solitary adult who works at Miramonte," Deasy told a packed high school gymnasium.

Many parents applauded the removal of the current staff, including the principal, teachers and even cafeteria workers.

"We want them to know that we want answers. We want more security around our children," said Josie Corona, whose child attends the school.

"The school officials that are here to protect their children are not doing their job and the children were left unprotected and the children were abused and as a result of this you have a lot of upset parents," said Luis Carrillo, an attorney.

An entire staff has been selected to come into Miramonte's classrooms to take over teaching for the time being.

School officials say many of the teachers will likely return to their jobs when the investigation is concluded.

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