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Parents claim 'cover-up' over arrested L.A. teachers

February 6, 2012 |  7:09 pm
A mother and child walk past Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in front of Miramonte Elementary, where an accused teacher is alleged to have given gifts to a student

A public meeting called by L.A. school officials to discuss the arrest of two teachers accused of abusing students at a South Los Angeles elementary school turned ugly as angry parents accused the district of a cover-up.

Some parents said they were outraged that school officials would not allow the news media in the meeting. Some chanted "No press, no justice!"

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"They're covering it up!" said Solomon Brunson, the grandfather of three students at Miramonte Elementary, the South L.A. campus where the meeting was held.

"My trust level is at zero," added Cassini Quarles, the mother of a third-grade student. "And this doesn't make it any better... The last week has been very confusing, I just want answers. I want to be comfortable."

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Police officers slammed a gate at the front entrance of the school and were only admitting parents through a small doorway. "Stand back!" One officer shouted to the crowd. The standoff only stoked the emotions of the crowd.

"They're feeding us a bunch of lies!" Brunson shouted over the hum of helicopters. "Something is wrong with the system."


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---Sam Allen

Photo: A mother and child walk past Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in front of Miramonte Elementary. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times