“Mark Berndt, 61, a longtime teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A., is charged with 23 counts of lewd acts (bail set at 23million) against children.” “\Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore is the reported source of the following.
The following was reported in the Los Angeles Times in early February 2012. “Berndt, who was being held in lieu of 23 million bail (23 million if 1 million per count), regularly told his students (he has been at his job for three decades) that they were going to play a “tasting game” in which the children were blindfolded and, in some cases, gagged with tape, authorities say. He used a blue plastic spoon to feed children a white substance that DNA tests later revealed to be his semen. The students were told to tell Berndt whether the substance tasted salty or sweet, authorities said. The father of one alleged (sic) victim, also told the (LA) Times his son was photographed eating a cookie that appeared to be also laced with semen. The alleged victims were boys and girls ages 7 to 10.”
The LATimes 02/02/12 “Mark Berndt was investigated in 1994 after officials at Miramonte Elementary School reported allegations of “an attempted fondling.” This was 18years ago, a red flag, ignored. The Catholic Church Priest Pedophilia scandal bubbled under the surface starting in the mid 50s because “Good People” (cowards) would not do anything. This was the era of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s syndrome, “Not to speak is to speech, and not to act is to act.” And all too many of us are guilty.
LATimes 02/02/12 “The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to bring charges against veteran Los Angeles teacher Mark Berndt in 1994 because prosecutors determined there was “insufficient evidence” that he attempted to fondle a girl.“[…]“The girl said she realized that what had happened was wrong and told her mother after seeing an “Oprah” show about inappropriate touching, he said. Her mother reported the alleged incident to school officials, who called the sheriff’s department.”
The LATimes02/03/12“2nd teacher removed from L.A. school hit by lewd acts scandal
February 3, 2012” “A second teacher has been removed from the same Los Angeles school where a teacher was accused earlier this week of lewd acts on 23 children.” “One former student said she was among those interviewed after Berndt was accused by one or more students of masturbating behind his desk during the 1990-91 school year. A school counselor eventually “just told us it’s not very good to make stories up,” said Marlene Trujillo. “She said it was our imagination. It was never talked about again.”
This evil should not surprise anyone, in this day and age, when we all have been educated, if paying attention, to the secular and clerical pedophilia of the past almost century, exposed in the Catholic Church, the Penn State, the Boys Club and almost common everyday child Sexual Abused Scandal. Even those in denial will come to understand that there were signs, they should have known, even they did know, but did nothing.
History, documents, deposition, and convictions allow little if any wiggle room for those of us who try to escape responsibility. “Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
The “Synonyms” series is quite revealing as our culture degrades, an argument significant to Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, “Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived.”
Central to Nietzsche’s philosophy is the idea of “life-affirmation”, which involves an honest questioning of all doctrines that drain life’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life-affirmation”, which involves an “honest questioning” of all doctrines that drain life’s expansive energies, however socially prevalent those views might be.”[
It is inconceivable that many did not, do not know about pedophilia, today, in all communities, fearing the blow back of institutional anger on exposure, Evil exist because “good people” do nothing! Are we now a culture exploring the possibility of defining pedophilia “not” as a hideous crime but rather a psychological aberration “Minor-attracted adults.”
Short statutes of limitations in many states and delaying tactics by defendants and organizations (expect this in the Penn State Scandal) have combined to limit severely the number of civil suits that could come to trial. The small number of trials among eligible clerical cases with greater majority of secular suits reflects the overarching fear that juries might award significant compensatory or punitive damages, as in the landmark 1997 Kos trial, and even more, their abiding concern that information, those who knew and did nothing, might become public in a trial, either by release of documents or through testimony by the predators, the victims, exposed errant organizational hierarchy or appalling parental stewardship.
NEW YORK – “Hundreds (700 plus) of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that’s what they want to do. Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its “rubber rooms” – off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.”
Mark Berndt, 61, the long time teacher at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A.was allowed to retire at a reported $4k per month with full medical when the school district was informed that Berndt was under investigation. Like the O.J. Simpson case, congressional misconduct and public service unions, it appears, retirements are not attachable in civil cases.
A curious observation of probably dereliction of duty within the ranks of the LAUSD and the LAUSD Teacher’s Union; not to exclude Penn State and global pedophilia, it is reported that for decades up until a few years ago, the schools were “ordered” not to co-operate with police on issues of “possible” crimes” on school property. In some cases it is reported that police were hindered from entering campuses.
To force a change in culture it might be suggested, one can already hear the protests of progressive opposition outrage, that the victims of sexual abuse on school property, embrace an expanded responsibility and accountability umbrella similar to the ongoing successful attack on the institutional Catholic Church over priest/cleric pedophilia, a RICO style tort law that would hold both the LAUSD and the LAUSD Unions liable for financial damages, similar to mafia bosses held accountable for crimes of the “family, deep pockets, such as defective car owners suing the manufacturer. Pray for a miracle!
Many think it is time to hold the Teachers Unions, the Boy Scouts and all organizations likewise accountable; much like the Kos Trial prepared the way to hold the Catholic Church financially accountable. If we are going to hold corporations accountable for principled capitalism, and so all institutions should be so held, including unions, all must be held accountable to the unprincipled cultural moral actions they countenance, ignore, aid and abet, of their members.
This is a case study of the degradation of Judeo-Christian philosophy, Conservatism, Republicanism and other pristine “isms”. Or where is the outrage, the demand for a cultural pivot, where have all the “champions” of the children gone? Did they ever exist?
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” Mohandas Gandhi. What did he mean????
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