Parents of Los Angeles schools (LAUSD) deserve to know their children are as safe at school as they are at home. On May 2, 2014, LAUSD attorneys admitted in court that district officials deliberately destroyed more than 2,000 documents on child abuse cases throughout Los Angeles schools instead of admitting to a pattern of protecting teachers who were known child predators.
We call on federal, state, and local prosecutors to investigate Los Angeles school district officials, and to prosecute those who put the interest of the school district before the safety of children by shredding documents important to an ongoing investigation.
Californians for Safe Schools
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We call on our nation's leading prosecutors to investigate Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy and district senior officials over the disclosure that LAUSD...
We call on our nation's leading prosecutors to investigate Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent John Deasy and district senior officials over the disclosure that LAUSD officials destroyed documents on over 2,000 cases of sexual abuse at Los Angeles schools. Furthermore, we call on our chief prosecutors to file criminal charges against any LAUSD official who ordered and/or covered up the destruction of sexual abuse documents.
Why Did We Start This Petition?
On May 2, 2014, nearly two-and-a-half years since the Miramonte Elementary child sex abuse scandal made national news with the arrest of longtime teacher Mark Berndt, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials admitted to destroying documents related to over 2,000 (and possibly 6,000) cases of sexual abuse. The disclosure came when attorneys for Berndt's victims, former students at Miramonte, were attempting to prove in court a pattern and practice by LAUSD officials of harboring known sexual predators at Los Angeles schools for decades.
Parents and the more than 600,000 students at LAUSD, the second largest school district in the United States, must no longer be subjected to hallow promises of reform, and instead, know they can trust district officials in all facets of student safety.
During the last several years, Supt. Deasy repeatedly called on teacher unions to support laws that would protect children at school; now, Supt. Deasy hired a PR firm to answer media questions about the May 2nd revelation.
In the wake of the Miramonte scandal, Supt. Deasy took several measures to regain the public's trust, including calling for a blue ribbon commission to investigate the Miramonte scandal. Famed civil rights attorney Connie Rice, who was tapped to head the commission, recently disclosed that Supt. Deasy abruptly disbanded the commission before it could ever meet months ago.
Enough is enough. Please sign and share the petition if you believe those who covered up crimes against children also committed a crime and merit arrest.