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Well, Duh: State Yanks Credentials for Both Miramonte Teachers Accused of Lewd Acts On Students

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Say what you will about how the Los Angeles Unified School District is handling the ongoing investigation into Miramonte Elementary school, but news that the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing has suspended the teaching credential of former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Martin Springer is wholly to be expected.

Springer, who was arrested last week and charged yesterday with three counts of lewd acts on a child, is accused of fondling a girl at the troubled school. A second child recanted her allegations of abuse at the hands of Springer.

The Commission yanked the credential of Mark Berndt on January 31, the Miramonte teacher arrested last week and charged with 23 counts of performing a lewd act on a child, notes City News Service. Berndt allegedly engaged students over a recent five-year span in something he called a "tasting game" in which he spoon fed the kids his own semen and took photos of his victims.

The LAUSD is working today to prepare Miramonte to re-open to students tomorrow with a full new staff, from the classrooms to the custodians and every single job in between.