Los Angeles School Closed in Teacher Sex Abuse Scandal

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For Claypool, the administration's recent actions are too little too late.

"This is a systemic institutional problem," he said.

Claypool said his conversations with students indicated that Berndt and Springer were friends. According to the Los Angeles Times, the two teachers jointly took students on field trips, and the LAUSD confirmed that they were colleagues who worked at the school for more than two decades together.

Claypool said the students he's spoken with have expressed fear at telling the stories about Berndt, saying he had threatened that something bad would happen to them.

The recent flurry of allegations comes nearly 15 years after a student claimed that Berndt molested her in 1994. In 1991 fresh allegations were made, but students were told to "stop making up stories," according to ABC News affiliate KABC. Berndt was never charged on those accusations.

In 1995, a preschool teacher at the school was accused of molesting children. More reports about the teacher, Ricardo Guevera surfaced in 2002. He was convicted in 2005.

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