In the last few year, LAUSD has become even more dysfunctional, and a great deal of the problems are manifested in the harbor area and south LA. Local District 8 is now a holding tank for teachers accused of wrong doing and some of the administrators are resently being scrutinized for egregious misconduct which includes concealing child abuse and harassing staff & parents. There is good reason to believe your children are not safe after the Marlo Duffy farce several years ago. Remember how LAUSD knew he' d been accused of molesting small children and stuck away at Gulf Ave ES?
I was a teacher at BHS then and while my students and were researching sexual offender laws in the computer lab, I happened across the tiny blurb in LAT online.
I did not think twice. The last bell was about to ring when I read that Marlo Duff was just a few blocks away, perhaps in the same class as a sister or cousin. There were a few kids who freaked out. I told all of them to go home and tell their folks what was going on. Wilmington parents descended on the school the following morning. What they probably did not kbow, is that Duffin was then made a sub., which made him even more dangerous. Eventually he was arrested for molesting children while at school.
Perverts are not my only concern. The water is not safe because in older schools the pipes are rusty and toxic. A few of the teachers and more of the administrators are incompetent, indifferent or abusive. Campus cops are brutes who give tardy kids costly tickets for truancy. At BHS a grant the school recieved was not spent the way it was supposed to be, even though the principal then was cheating on the tst to keep the funding. Before he came, BHS was a very fine school. But he and the district demolished that and drove out many good teachers. There is a very dedicated principal there now, but even he can only do so much to stand up to the destructive antics at LAUSD. As parents, you have more power than you know.
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