AC360° reported in February on Miramonte elementary school in Los Angeles, California where former teacher Mark Berndt allegedly committed abuses against young students. The accusations were documented by photographs taken inside classrooms. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Dan Scott told CNN at the time that the young students 'didn't realize they were victimized,' and added 'they thought they were being blindfolded and gagged as a game,'
Even with the police charges against him, the California school district was not able to fire him. Instead of suspending him with pay pending a hearing, they chose to pay him to resign.
California lawmakers recently drafted a bill to protect kids, but the bill failed passage in the California state assembly.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
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