Philly: Black Muslim Mom & Boyfriend Charged After 6 Yr Old Daughter Brings Heroin Stash To School [Mugshots]

June 12, 2014 at 7:14 am

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Twenty first grade students were taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday after police say a six-year-old student brought eleven packs of heroin into a classroom at Commodore John Barry Elementary School at 59th and Race Streets.

Police say they were called to the scene after a first-grade teacher saw one of her pupils playing with the packets. Two of the packets had been opened, investigators say, and one had been chewed open.

Lt. John Walker explained, “We know that one of the packages clearly looks like it was bitten and we do have one student saying that the young lady who did bring the substance to school did have that packet in her mouth.”
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The mother of the drug-carrying 6-year-old declined to comment as she left the school to be interviewed by detectives. Meanwhile, police say the search of the school found no other narcotics in the school and all 20 students were examined and released.
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Late Tuesday, police told Eyewitness News, they searched the child’s home and expect to file charges against the child’s mother and her boyfriend.

NBC10 Philly reports the mother Marie Hunter and her boyfriend Christopher Troy-Jenkins White have not been charged in connection with the heroin. The two are facing other charges though which include marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. The condition of the home was filthy and 18 packages of pot was found in the home. So not only did they leave heroin laying around within reach of children, they lived in squalor. The 6 year old and her 3 siblings are in the custody of –DHS (Department of Human Services).

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Booking photos of the (unmasked) mother Marie Hunter, 32 and her boyfriend Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, 28.

The mother of a 6-year-old girl and her boyfriend face charges after the girl allegedly brought heroin to her Philadelphia elementary school.

Marie Hunter, 32, was questioned by police on Tuesday while her Viola Street home was earched. Early Wednesday, officials announced Hunter and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Christopher Troy-Jenkins White, were charged with reckless endangerment,endangering the welfare of a child and narcotics offenses stemming from the incident.

While they were both arrested and charged by police, so far the District Attorney’s Office has only approved charges against both Hunter and White for endangering the welfare of a child in relation to the condition of the home, not the heroin. The DA also approved possession of marijuana charges against White.
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The 6-year-old girl’s mother as well as her boyfriend were taken into custody and a search warrant was served at her home in the Parkside section of the city. Investigators say conditions inside the house are filthy and investigators found 18 marijuana packets.

The mother remained in police custody Wednesday. Both the girl and her three siblings will be cared for by DHS officials.

Tamika Gore, a relative of the young girl, spoke to NBC10.

“She probably found it,” Gore said. “I have no idea. I know it ain’t come from her house. I know that for a fact.”

Making matters worse, according to LT. John Walker (see video report at above link) the heroin was laced with fentanyl.

The plot thickens:

Police searching the home where the little girl lived on Tuesday night say they found 18 packets of marijuana stuffed into the pocket of a shirt. The first grader, police sources say, found the heroin packets in the pocket of her pants and, not realizing what the substance was, began playing with the packets on her desk. A teacher spotted the packets, confiscated them, and notified police.

Hmm… My guess is that no heroin was found inside the home because the 6 year old had the entire stash of heroin on her.

 

Caught On Tape! Teacher Violently Grabs 6 Year Old By His Face Then His Shirt Collar And Lifts Him Up

May 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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Because he went to the wrong bathroom!!! The bully teacher was slapped on the wrist –10 day suspension without pay. Absolutely blood boiling.

13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Justice for Ian. Zero tolerance for Barb Williams.

Dateline Wednesday May 7:

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Victim 6 year old Ian Nelson

(WTVG) –A shocking confrontation with a six-year-old student was caught on video and now the kindergarten teacher could be facing assault charges.

It happened at Riverdale Elementary School in Mount Blanchard which is located south of Findlay in Hancock County.

The boy’s father Anthony Nelson is sharing the surveillance video with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, as well as 13abc.

Nelson is angry the school district suspended the teacher for ten days without pay. Nelson believes she should never set foot in a classroom again.
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Nelson is sharing surveillance video of his 6-year-old son Ian at school.

It shows the kindergartner walking down the hall. He goes into the bathroom.

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Violent bully teacher Barb Williams

Moments later you can see his teacher Barb Williams greets him as he exits the bathroom by grabbing him and lifting him off the floor against the wall twice. It’s a confrontation on Wednesday, May 7th, captured on the school’s surveillance camera system.
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Ian’s father wants Williams’ teaching license revoked.
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Nelson says the district told him Ian was in trouble because he went to the wrong bathroom.
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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened in that school hallway. Once completed, the report will be handed over to the prosecutor’s office to determine if criminal charges will be filed. [...]

Williams has hired an attorney.

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Principle Julie Spade
jspade@riverdale.k12.oh.us
Superintendent Eric Hoffman
ehoffman@riverdale.k12.oh.us or 419-694-4994 ext. 1801

The Board of Education: http://www.riverdale.k12.oh.us/Administration.aspx

In SanFran…The Morally Repugnant Crime Of Child Porn Does Not Count As ‘Moral Turpitude’

January 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

angry-woman-1 2Leave it to the depraved morally bankrupt denizens of San ‘mecca of deviancy’ Francisco, (a city which makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like Disney Land) to turn a blind eye to sex crimes involving children when it comes to the nullification of municipal pensions.

Although former San Francisco employee (Human Rights Commission), gay rights icon (natch) Larry Brinkin; has been convicted of felony possession of child porn he will continue to receive his (taxpayer funded) municipal pension.

Zombie reports at The PJ Tattler:

A former high-ranking San Francisco government employee convicted of felony possession of child pornography will continue to receive his government pension because, according to city regulations, evidence of “moral turpitude” is required to revoke a pension yet viewing violent kiddie porn does not qualify as moral turpitude.

As reported here in the Tatler, Larry Brinkin, a prominent San Francisco Human Rights Commissioner and nationally known gay rights advocate, was arrested in 2012 for possessing and possibly distributing videos and images of babies being raped by adult men. Because of Brinkin’s “iconic” stature in the community as the person who pioneered “domestic partnership” laws nationwide, supporters at the time accused the police of framing him with false charges. But the evidence was so overwhelming that, after 18 months of legal wrangling, on Tuesday, January 21, Brinkin pled guilty to felony possession of child pornography, with various other more serious charges dropped as part of the plea bargain. He will serve just six months in jail and thereafter have to register as a sex offender.

But the scandal didn’t end there. A recent law defining which type of actions count as “moral turpitude” required to nullify municipal pension benefits does not include sex crimes involving children, and only refers to financial crimes:

Knox said he did not believe Brinkin’s city pension would be affected by the plea because his conviction doesn’t fall under “moral turpitude.” Under Proposition C, approved by voters in 2008, a city employee convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude – usually theft, fraud or a breach of the public trust – cannot collect employer-funded retirement benefits.

Read it all.

H/T Blazing Cat Fur

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Baby Mama Thieving Thug Drama: Black Women Shoplifts Then Orders 7yr Old To Attack White Clerk

January 17, 2014 at 10:06 am


SHAME! A self entitled thug raising baby thugs.

(WKMG Orlando) –According to Holly Hill police, a shopper, who had two girls — ages 1 and 7 — walked into the store, placing items in her shopping cart. The clerk said she saw the woman take a sale sign out of her purse and place it on a toy, which she tried to purchase with other items.

The clerk told the woman the toy wasn’t on sale, so the woman said she didn’t want it and left the store with the other unpaid items, police said.

The clerk followed the woman to her car and tried to get a license plate number, but the woman told her older daughter to stand in front of the tag, police said.

The clerk called 911 from the store, and the woman went back inside and started punching her in the face with a closed fist, police said. She then ordered the 7-year-old to help her, and the child began beating the clerk, police said.

As the family left, the mother tried to run over the clerk twice, police said.

The worker suffered injuries to her face and arm and her glasses were broken.
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The woman faces charges of strong-armed robbery, battery, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Description of perp at link.

Related:
Video: 16 Yr Old Mother Of Child In Viral ‘Toddler Thug’ Profanity Laced Video “I’m A Good Mother” Both Removed From Gangsta Infested Home

Video: 16 Yr Old Mother Of Child In Viral ‘Toddler Thug’ Profanity Laced Video “I’m A Good Mother” Both Removed From Gangsta Infested Home

January 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

In case you haven’t had the distinct displeasure of viewing the innocent baby being coached in thugery in it’s full uncensored version watch the video below.
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The back story via IBT:

The Omaha Police Officers Association is defending itself against criticism that it antagonized the local African-American community after it posted disturbing video of a black toddler hurling obscenities and sticking up his middle finger to the camera.

The 2-year-old shown in the video and three other children have been removed from the home and placed in protective custody, the Omaha World-Herald reports. Police have said that they acted out of concern for the children’s safety. The Omaha city prosecutor’s office said that it has determined that no crimes were committed in the video.

The police union posted the video to its website on Tuesday, with the headline, “Heartbreaking Video Shows ‘The Thug Cycle’ Continuing.” A Facebook post linking to the video has received more than 400 comments. The police group claimed that a “loyal follower” tipped them off to the video that was posted on a “local thug’s” public Facebook page. (“We refuse to give this thug any notoriety or attention, and as much as we would love to publicly shame him, we will keep his identity private,” the association wrote along with the video.)

“She was outraged about what the thug had just posted for all to see,” the association wrote. “We here at OmahaPOA.com viewed the video and we knew that despite the fact that it is sickening, heartbreaking footage, we have an obligation to share it to continue to educate the law abiding public about the terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in.”

The unedited video shows the child calling an adult out of view of the footage a “b—- a– n—–“ and repeated “suck my d—“ to a woman who asked him to use the phrase. He’s also seen responding “You a ho, b—-!” to an adult and giving the middle finger to the camera. Police haven’t released the identity of the children’s parents. [...]

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…..Police in Omaha said nothing in the video was illegal, but on Wednesday night Child Protective Services took the young boy in the video along with three other children into protective custody for “safety concerns.” (Via KMTV)

Turns out the toddler’s mother was one of those other three minors in custody — she’s just 16 years old. She sat down for an exclusive interview with Omaha’s KETV Thursday and said she’s a good mom.

They weren’t worried about the video because he had a clean diaper, the house was clean. And like they said, kids cuss — every kid does it. … For everybody that thinks I’m a bad mother, I’m not. I’m a good mother to my son, and I teach him a lot.

KETV added the mom and her son are in custody in two separate places. New information was revealed Thursday about those “safety concerns.” WOWT reports the toddler’s grandmother’s home was hit by several bullets back in October.

Back then, the toddler was hit in the foot by shrapnel while his mother and two aunts were shot. All of them survived. But after the family moved to a new home, police arrived again.

The Omaha World-Herald reports the toddler’s grandmother was arrested in December on a weapons charge after five guns were found in their home. Making matters more tragic for the little boy, his 17-year-old father was killed last spring in what Omaha police described as a “gang-related shooting.

A Nebraska child welfare agency reportedly helped the family move to new homes twice because of safety concerns. Police say multiple gang members were allowed in the home, which also played a role in CPS taking the children from their home.

It would appear that the Omaha Police statement; “terrible cycle of violence and thuggery that some young innocent children find themselves helplessly trapped in.” was SPOT ON:

His 17-year-old father, D’Marco Pope, was killed last spring in what police said appeared to be a gang-related shooting.

His grandmother was arrested last month after five guns were found in the house. She now sits in jail facing a weapons charge.

His grandfather was sent to prison last year, convicted of a weapons charge.
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Despite that support, an affidavit said, adults responsible for the children continued to let gang members into the home and near young children.

“The pattern of gang activity remains a part of this family’s lifestyle,” the affidavit said.

“Due to the persistent and pervasive pattern of concerning behavior and gang-related affiliation, I believe it is an immediate and urgent necessity that these children be placed outside of the parental home,” a social worker wrote.

The boy lived with his 38-year-old grandmother, Kim Devers, until she was arrested.

After that, Devers’ daughter, Keirra Johnson, 19, cared for the boy, his mother and two other minors.

But authorities told a judge on Wednesday that Johnson didn’t have the ability to safely parent. Reached by phone, Johnson declined to comment. [...]

 

That poor child.

Video: Father Of Bullied Toddler Speaks Out: “I am disgusted” But It’s All Good…’Blown Out Of Proportion’

August 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

Followup to: Black Kids Bully 3Yr Old White Girl,Titles Video Of The Assault “When White People Piss Black People Off” August 2013] UPDATE 2: AUDIO: Boy’s Mother Ranika Wills “Just a joke” “It is not like they really f*cked this little girl up, she’s fine.”

KMSP-TV

It’s becoming a common problem — kids behave badly, record it on cell phones, and post the unruly acts online; however, one video showing two girls picking on a 3-year-old has two families answering dozens of calls. Shock and anger are not uncommon reactions to videos depicting bullying behavior, with online comments attacking everyone involved — including the parents. FOX 9 News spoke with both families and found the aftermath is still affecting them. Both families were unaware anything had happened — let alone had been filmed and posted online — until the calls started pouring in from across the country. At first, they were just as outraged as anyone else. Now, they are very concerned.

Unaware? That much is obvious. She was riding her big wheel in the freaking street. Where were the parents during the altercation?? Why did they not hear her cries?? Obliviously unaware is more like it.

“I wasn’t happy with the video, obviously,” said Shawn, the father of the girl who was bullied in the video. “I am disgusted with it.” Shawn told FOX 9 News he had no idea his daughter was the toddler who was bullied in the video until the father of the bullies came over to apologize. “He’s taking care of it. Trust me,” Shawn told FOX 9. “He’s a good father and everything like that, so I’m not worried about what he’s doing over there.” Many who watched the online video — which has been viewed more than a 250,000 times — assumed it was a clear case of racially-motivated bullying, but parents in both families say it’s not. “I honestly don’t know where it comes from. We don’t teach that in our household,” Eddie, the father of the girls involved, said. “We’re not racist, none of that.”

Then explain the video title; “When white people piss black people off”, and his voyeuristic sadistic thirst to abuse a toddler while filming it! He has picked up his nasty habits somewhere. Here’s a thought, an eleven year old is to young to be on the internet unsupervised. Yes, really.

Both dads say their children usually play together and get along well, and they say viewers have blown the footage out of proportion and made it into something bigger than what it really is. The video was shot by Eddie’s 12-year-old son, and it shows his 5-year-old daughter bringing the younger girl to tears. “She’s not that way. You can see she’s — they’re — clearly getting coached through the whole situation,” Eddie told FOX 9. “When I [saw] it, I was disgusted with the video — very disgusted.”

Seemed to be a willing participant to me… In fact it looked as if she enjoyed abusing the toddler as much as her brother did watching her do so.

“He’s punished and getting dealt with,” Eddie insisted. “Internet, everything — privileges taken away. We’re dealing with it as a family.” While many people are pleased the fathers are tackling the problem head-on, that didn’t stop local police from stopping by to make sure there wasn’t a bigger problem. At this point, both parents say they want to use the incident as a teaching moment. [...]

Here’s hoping their kumbaya moment is successful… Who among you see this as a case of child abuse? IMHO An 11 year who thinks that it is okay to direct 5 year old children to physically assault a 3 year old child, cheer it on, laugh and celebrate the act, video it and share it online has some deep seated problems. And that goes for all the little monsters who do similar. Black or White.

Black Kids Bully 3Yr Old White Girl,Titles Video Of The Assault “When White People Piss Black People Off” August 2013] UPDATE 2: AUDIO: Boy’s Mother Ranika Wills “Just a joke” “It is not like they really f*cked this little girl up, she’s fine.”

August 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Trickle down angry racism spawning mini wilding thugs???

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Still frame of the bully video shows the size differential between the victim and her assailants.

Hands on hateful bullying. The (girl) bullies look like they are between the ages 6 and 8. The boy in the video who eggs them on seems older. He should know better. But far from it, the sadistic junior bully is so thrilled over the bullying that he does acrobatic moves in gleeful celebration. Then he posted the ‘trophy’ hate crime video on Facebook. SICKENING! The 4th party; the videographer is an anonymous accessory to the act of unknown age but he sounds like a an older kid.

Via Live Leak user ussygussy:

A group of kids and a pre-teen bully a three year old girl and make her cry at least twice on camera. The cameraman (a 12 year old boy) brags on Facebook and titled his video “When white people piss black people off.”

This must be an example of “white privilege” I keep hearing about:

Little monsters, their teeny victim could have been me 30 years ago.

Screenshot of the video post on Facebook by bully Facebooker ‘Ray Wright courtesy of ussygussy’.

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Edit: Two more screenshots of Ray Wright’s Facebook posting via YouTube user HowtoDo:

(Edit: HowToDo’s upload of the video has been pulled from YouTube.)

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Ray Wright “She pissed them off”

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Make that little racist monsters.

The little girl’s parent(s) ARE negligent BUT that does NOT excuse her bullies. What. So. Ever. Or their parents.

Live Leak’er tat2d may have a point:

Im getting to think, that child “belongs” to that family somehow. Baby sit’d, marriage, relationship. That went on too long, and she acted like she had no other recourse other than to just stay and take it. Some of her body language led me to believe that in the first place.

Update:  Ratchet coward Ray Wright took down his Facebook. Quelle surprise! Cached page here.

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Ray Wright likes Facebook page: : Zimmerman is guilty. Isn’t that rich!

‘….but lemme tell ya if an itsy bitsy white baby-girl pisses us off she¦.man, oh man¦.she deserves a beat down ayyye. ‘<- sarcasm NOT a real quote.

White is not the sole color of trash.

Update 2: Listen as Ranika Wills the mother of the boy in the video; “Ray Wright” (fake name according to her) defend him “It was a just joke, he’s a kid.” She then plays the Zimmerman card. But of course!

Via Pat Dollard:

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“It is not like they really f*cked this little girl up, she’s fine.”

What about the next time you ignorant cow? I guarantee that if it were her 3 yr old daughter being ganged up on by older white boys and girls she would be on the phone to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton so fast her head would spin.

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Ranika Wills’ Facebook (?) Warning raunchy Facebook cover photo: http://www.facebook.com/ranika.wills

H/T Barbara Sue

Followup here: Video: Father Of Bullied Toddler Speaks Out

Sandusky –GUILTY!

June 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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Connecticut: Dad Assaults 11 Year Old Son Over Obama SOTU Address

February 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

The out of control father cracked his young son across his face with a coffee cup, because he was not paying attention to Obama’s State of the Union address.

(Stamford Advocate) –STAMFORD — A North Stamford father trying to make his pre-teenaged son listen to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last month was arrested on a warrant Wednesday and accused of striking his son with a coffee mug when the youth would not pay attention.

Mohamed Shohan, 49, of 55 Mather Road, Stamford, was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and risk of injury to a child. He was released after posting $5,000 bond and will be arraigned on the charges at state Superior Court in Stamford Thursday.

Youth Bureau Sgt. Joseph Kennedy said police were made aware of the assault Jan. 27 when the youth was brought to Stamford Hospital for treatment of an injury to his face. When police interviewed the 11-year-old boy, he told them the two sat down at home to watch the address the day after his father recorded it, Kennedy said.

When the boy kept acting out, the father lost his temper and grabbed a coffee mug his son was holding and hit him in the face with it, causing a bruise to the bridge of his nose, it is alleged.

When interviewed, Shohan could not explain how his son was injured, police said. Police then obtained an arrest warrant for Shohan.

“The father ended up overreacting quite a bit,” Kennedy said.

“Overreacting”?

The so called dad should have understood that his son was likely bored to tears, and let him leave the room. Doing his homework or getting some fresh air, would have been a much better way for him to spend his time.

LAUSD Paid Pedophile UTLA Union Teacher To Resign

February 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

Deja  vu! No, your mind is not playing tricks on you. This piece was originally published on February 11, 2012. During the maintenance and server move this past weekend it was lost. Fortunately I was able to recreate it.*

The sick, twisted pedophile teacher was paid $40,000 to drop his dismissal challenge.
My God, I wish I never would have looked. Horrifying. ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING.

*Content Warning: Additional details of the abuse at [all] links are extremely graphic.*

(LA Times) –The Los Angeles Unified School District paid Mark Berndt, the teacher at the center of the Miramonte Elementary child abuse scandal, $40,000 to drop the challenge to his dismissal last year.

The payout consisted of four months of back salary plus reimbursement for the cost of health benefits. Berndt was fired by the Board of Education in February 2011 after officials learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating him for alleged lewd acts against students. He was arrested last week.

The firing took Berndt off the district payroll. But he fought to keep his job through an appeal process that lasted until he settled with the school system and resigned in June.

The settlement with Berndt came in the face of a dilemma, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist. A hearing on the dismissal was pending and the district didn’t have evidence to justify the firing because the Sheriff’s Department investigation was ongoing.

Berndt was charged last week with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children; another teacher, Martin Springer, was charged this week with three counts of lewd conduct. [...]

More from the LA Times:

When Berndt, 61, was arrested, school district officials said they had no record of any previous misconduct or complaints against him. But evidence of past warning signs has since emerged.

The perverted monster appealed his dismissal even though the physical evidence against him is STAGGERING!

Via the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives arrested 61-year old Mark Berndt, a teacher with over 30 years experience at a South Los Angeles elementary school, on child molestation charges after conducting an extensive sex crimes investigation.

The investigation began over a year ago when over 40 photographs depicting children in a school classroom, with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape, were turned in to law enforcement by a film processor. Film processors are mandated to report suspected child abuse under California law (11166 of the California State Penal Code).

Investigators learned that some of the photos depicted Suspect Mark Berndt with his arm around the children, or with his hand over their mouths.[...]

Dead to rights.

D & Q the sick bastard.

(LA Weekly) Academically, the veteran third-grade teacher scored below-average marks in the LA Times 2009 teacher ratings.

The big question that remains this morning: Why was Berndt allowed to walk freely among us for the year that it took the Special Victims Bureau to complete its probe?

Lieutenant Carlos Marquez tells KNX that investigators were œmonitoring” the ex-teacher in the months after he was fired. He argues that any immediate danger was mitigated by the school board’s decision to kick Berndt off campus, and says the Sheriff’s Department wanted to gather all possible evidence before making an arrest.

For instance, DNA testing on the spoon and container was only completed a month and a half ago. But still why?

The department insists that the task was complicated enough to warrant the delay. Try telling that to the hundreds, even thousands, of horrified Miramonte parents whose children were exposed to Berndt in his 30-plus years at the elementary school.

Update: LAUSD’s statement:

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s decision to settle with former Miramonte Elementary School teacher, Mark Berndt, last June was the most immediate way to ensure he would no longer be an employee of the District and guarantee he would not be a threat to any other student in LAUSD.

When the Board of Education initiated steps to fire Berndt in February 2011, Berndt immediately fought his dismissal through an appeal hearing process with the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which every permanent certificated employee has the right to under the Education Code.

During the appeal process the responsibility lies with the District to present evidence and witnesses to justify the dismissal of a teacher, and in the case of Berndt, to demonstrate that he is unfit to be a teacher in LAUSD.

However, through no control of the District, law enforcement agencies did not allow the District access to any evidence or witnesses so as to prevent interference with the criminal investigation. Similarly, the District was prohibited by law enforcement from conducting its own investigation or gathering evidence for purposes of the dismissal hearing. Consequently, LAUSD was left with no evidence to successfully present a case to dismiss Berndt. As a District, we would not want to compromise any criminal investigation surrounding an alleged perpetrator.

Given this restraint, LAUSD also ran the risk of losing the appeal process and as a consequence, being forced to retain Berndt as an employee of LAUSD. In light of this potential risk, the LAUSD’s most prudent and viable option was to settle.

Our main priority is always the safety and well being of our students and providing them a safe learning environment.

Settling for $40,000 to pay the approximately five months of salary Berndt would have otherwise been statutorily entitled to and other related expenses was a guaranteed result given the uncertainties of the dismissal process and the inability to access evidence in this dismissal matter.

The State’s current teacher dismissal framework makes it extremely difficult to terminate unfit teachers like Berndt, thus requiring the District to find other viable options to ensure the safety of our students.

Update 2:

I’ve made this very, very clear: I think that state law is a problem,said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.

Deasy says the district tried to fire Berndt when the investigators discovered the photographs last year. But because of current state law, Berndt was able to appeal his termination and allowed to resign and maintain his pension. In addition, the district had to pay his legal bills and back pay.

I wish it were otherwise,said Deasy. I think it should be otherwise. But we all follow the law until something else changes. And so if you actually want the person off the payroll, you settle.

Teachers unions protect pedophile teachers.

Also see: Protecting Bad Teachers, Ten Worst Union-Protected Teachers Contest, Watering Down Teacher Evaluations and For Parents: Local School Info at Teachers Union Exposed

Also see: WTH?! No Legal Consequences For An Assistant US Attorney Under Holder For Possession Of Child Porn