According to a recent NBC news story, Martin Bernard Springer has been ordered to return to court on April 16, 2012, to face criminal charges for three felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. Springer is one to two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School facing charges. The other teacher, Mark Berndt, was arrested in connection with inappropriate student photos and spoon-feeding students semen. According to the article, Berndt is charged with committing lewd acts against 23 students.
In cases like those at Miramonte Elementary School, it is essential that educators and parents know how to identify abuse and have the ability to notify the appropriate person immediately. With PublicSchoolWORKS’ Parent InfoCenter districts have the ability to be proactive in providing parents with information that benefit the health and safety of students. It provides an online tool where (if a district requests it or a state requires it) parents may view the same training given to school personnel on the prevention and identification of child abuse, bullying prevention and other content, in addition to the obligations for reporting bullying and other safety concerns.
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Source: NBC Los Angeles