Miramonte: LA school district’s claim it shredded child abuse reports now in question

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Miramonte: LA school district’s claim it shredded child abuse reports now in question

Miramonte: LA school district’s claim it shredded child abuse reports now in question

Karen Foshay   September 25

Questions are being raised about the Los Angeles Unified School District’s claim earlier this year that it shredded 20 years’ worth of suspected child abuse reports in connection with the Miramonte abuse scandal.

In response to a judge’s questions, about 100 current and former members of L.A. Unified’s general counsel’s office said they had no knowledge of the records being destroyed, and district officials have not answered similar questions posed by KPCC.

In April, KPCC was the first to report that LAUSD officials said the suspected child abuse reports, or SCARs, were ordered destroyed in 2008 after the district’s general counsel concluded it was not legally allowed to hold on to them. The records dated back to 1988, according to a district spokesman.

L.A. Unified made its comments about the documents after attorneys representing dozens of children suing the district over the actions of former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt requested that the school district produce all of its suspected child abuse reports.

In November 2013, Berndt pleaded no contest to 23 counts of lewd acts upon a child and was sentenced to 25 years in state prison….
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/09/25/46970/lausd-s-claim-it-shredded-child-abuse-reports-now/

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