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LAUSD Offers $17 Million More To Victims Allegedly Forced To Taste Teacher's Semen
The Los Angeles Unified School District has offered $17 million to help settle 40 lawsuits accusing the district of not protecting children from a teacher who blindfolded his students, put cockroaches on their faces and fed them his semen as part of a twisted "tasting game."
District spokesman Sean Rossall told City News Service that he considered the offers that break down to $425,000 per students "reasonable" and "respectful" but attorneys for the students Luis Carrillo and Brian Claypool said they plan to reject the offer. They complained the offer was lower than the $470,000 a student offered to the first 58 cases that the district settled in March.
Carillo told the Los Angeles Times it was a lowball offer that was especially insulting since it wasn't specific to each child's experience. He said it would cost $576,000 to pay for post-traumatic stress disorder, eating problems and other consequences of his alleged lewd conduct.
Plaintiffs have 30 days to accept the offer from the district or reject it and go to trial. Plaintiff's say they're holding out more, but LAUSD says that if the plaintiffs are awarded less money than the district offered, they could be on the hook for LAUSD's legal costs, according to CNS.
The teacher at the center of the case Mark Berndt, 61, is currently behind bars in lieu of $23 million. A photo technician developed photos of the alleged acts and turned the teacher in to law enforcement. Berndt has pleaded not guilty to charges related to abuse that was alleged to have happened between 2002 and 2011. There were allegations of sexual misconduct by Berndt as early as the 1990s.
Spurred on by the Berndt case, the district has been going through old employee files and firing teachers and staff that it believes poses a threat to its students.
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