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Lawyer: Teacher brought kids from other classes for 'tasting games'
L.A. times.com ^ | 2/3/12 | Alan Zarembo and Howard Blume

Posted on 02/03/2012 1:24:00 PM PST by ColdOne

An attorney representing a student at Miramonte Elementary School said Friday children were pulled from after-school programs and other teachers' classes to take part in "tasting games" at the center of lewd conduct charges against fired teacher Mark Berndt.

In these games, children were photographed while blindfolded and asked to taste a liquid that police now believe to be the semen Berndt, who was arrested Monday.

Attorney Brian E. Claypool said his client was 9 when her photograph was taken by Berndt, although she was not his student.

FULL COVERAGE: Mark Berndt

Claypool said Berndt had two ways of getting children who weren't in his class to participate in his games -- by having them sent to his class during the school day or having them go to his class after school. "The potential pool of victims is beyond the classroom," Claypool said in a news conference outside the South L.A. campus where Berndt worked for three decades until he was removed last year when district officials learned of the allegations.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: education; lausd; losangeles; miramonte; publicschools; unions

1 posted on 02/03/2012 1:24:05 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: La Enchiladita

ping


2 posted on 02/03/2012 1:26:19 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

I’m just glad he’s able to keep his full pension (almost $4k per month) and full health benefits for life. Gotta love those teacher unions. /s


3 posted on 02/03/2012 1:27:29 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't mind you hitting me, Frank, but take it easy on the Bacardi.)
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To: ColdOne

Sick SOB’s!


4 posted on 02/03/2012 1:27:34 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: ColdOne

Man, if that was one of my kid’s or grandkid’s this guy would better hope they kept him locked up because he would never make it to trial.


5 posted on 02/03/2012 1:30:57 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: ColdOne

So nice to have the kids in government day care from age 3 to age 18.

Breakfast, lunch, afterschool - I am surprised they let them home to go to bed. I suppose that’s next.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 1:31:28 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: ColdOne

Is the principal still describing this as “an unfortunate incident”?

If so there is a big part of the problem in permitting an insane pedophile to play games in a classroom for years


7 posted on 02/03/2012 1:39:37 PM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: ColdOne

Sick dude that needs to be shot on sight.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 1:40:04 PM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: ColdOne

tasting games?

here, taste this.. BLam!


9 posted on 02/03/2012 1:40:44 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Persevero

Kid prison.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 1:42:20 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: ColdOne

This is too weird, group hysteria, everyone sees dollars, wants their kid in the act. I am thinking McMartin preschool.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 1:43:10 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: ColdOne

I’d like to play a ‘hearing game’ with him.

Blindfolded, you tell me if this is a bee or a 9mm Corbon coming towards your head.

I promise, we’ll only play one time.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 1:46:36 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: ColdOne

NOBODY at that school suspected anything was going on????? No Way. They kept their mouths shut because they didn’t want to stir things up. It has to be. This is unbelievable.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 1:48:38 PM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: erkelly

“... too weird, group hysteria, everyone sees dollars, wants their kid in the act”

After the whole Penn State (Sandusky) stuff... nothing and I mean NOTHING would surprise me.


14 posted on 02/03/2012 1:48:52 PM PST by momtothree
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To: silverleaf

Seems ironic that the principal and his pals are quite oblivious to the fact that they had quite a role (by their lax oversight) in this “unfortunate” thing. Maybe the weirdo wasn’t apparently so when hired, but sometimes it seems these school administrators live on Neptune or Pluto.


15 posted on 02/03/2012 1:51:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ColdOne
I don't know the correct punishment for such sick SOBs; but I'd start with this:


16 posted on 02/03/2012 1:52:56 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: ColdOne

I wonder if he could taste the difference between blued steel and plated nickel?


17 posted on 02/03/2012 1:54:23 PM PST by TADSLOS (There's 46 more reasons for Newt to stay on the attack!!)
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To: momtothree

Exactly.

Mrs. R2 is a first grade teacher. And all co-teachers know what the others are doing. They have to know. They coordinate hour by hour so the entire team is on target.

His co-teachers knew of this “tasting” game the same way EVERYBODY at Penn State knew Sandusky was raping little boys.


18 posted on 02/03/2012 1:59:40 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: erkelly

A spoon and a cup was retrieved from a classroom garbage pail containing his semen.

You really don’t need more evidence than that.


19 posted on 02/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PST by goldi
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To: erkelly

If memory serves, in the McMartin affair they brought in hocus pocus hypnotists and voila, the tots were soon channeling all manner of bizarre reports, which later investigation proved to be coached. Now if this is a reprise of same, shame on the hucksters. Otherwise shame on this weirdo and those who turned a blind eye.

Talking about “tasting games” it reminds me of a little science project I instigated myself in elementary school (it was with the teacher’s OK). I filled little baggies with various household condiments, ranking them by number according to what I thought was best to worst tasting. I remember ranking iced tea (powder) at a 4, and garlic powder at a 10. I gave the list to the teacher, and I let the participants choose what number they wanted — the tough guy boys, of course, asked for 9s and 10s. (I should have included cayenne pepper — oh well, we didn’t have it at home.) One who wanted a 4 tasted the iced tea powder — and I still remember how he spit in disgust. PHTTTTTT!!!! I didn’t realize the unmixed product was so bitter! Oh man, they wouldn’t even allow something like that today, when things are so uptight, and my taste test was non blindfolded (they got it on a paper towel). It’s especially hard to imagine what this weirdo did passing muster.


20 posted on 02/03/2012 2:03:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ColdOne

The guy needs to taste lead...............


21 posted on 02/03/2012 2:04:17 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

After the whole Penn State thing... I guess I am just jaded. When some of the official reports included a school allowing a boy to be released to Sandusky without the boy’s parents approval... this case isn’t a far leap. I pray these children test HIV negative, Hep C negative.. and the rest of the illnesses they could have been exposed to.


22 posted on 02/03/2012 2:06:31 PM PST by momtothree
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To: silverleaf
...there is a big part of the problem in permitting an insane tenured pedophile to play games in a classroom for years.
23 posted on 02/03/2012 2:08:49 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: mmanager

We need to start taking the law into our own hands.

This cretin deserves to be killed unceremoniously and his body dumped on a garbage heap for the vermin and fowl to eat.

This is one very, very sick bastard.

There are no rights after doing something like this.

Are we ever going to get outraged to the point of decisive violence? NO, we have become too sensitive and “civilized” How civilized is something like this?


24 posted on 02/03/2012 2:09:13 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: ColdOne
This case perfectly exemplifies the value of a speedy, public trial ...

We, the people, need to know what sort of foul deeds perverts perpetrate, so that we can adequately defend against them.

25 posted on 02/03/2012 2:09:53 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: submarinerswife
NOBODY at that school suspected anything was going on????? No Way. They kept their mouths shut because they didn’t want to stir things up. It has to be. This is unbelievable.

I don't think we know yet what anybody may have ever seen or heard. I suppose he must have been good at covering his tracks and not raising suspicion, since it went on for such a long time. But it seems odd that anyone could be so good as to get away with it for so long either. And then... what is there to see? A few spoons in trash can? I certainly wouldn't have guessed that something so... diseased... was going on. And then I think too that nobody wants to let themself believe anything so heinous about someone they know well, and it's tough to be he first one to make an allegation like that, especially if it's just based on hard-to-describe little suspicions without direct evidence.

26 posted on 02/03/2012 2:10:18 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Sequoyah101

In more classic days, at the least both the perp and the principal would have gotten picketed with ugly signs.


27 posted on 02/03/2012 2:10:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ColdOne

They had a semen episode on one of these reality shows but these are ALL adults who choose to be stupid, right??


28 posted on 02/03/2012 2:11:01 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: submarinerswife; ColdOne

Exactly. Where were the parents?

It’s common sense to drop in unannounced from time to time on your child’s school activities, esp. “after-school programs.”


29 posted on 02/03/2012 2:13:22 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Governor Jan Brewer, My Hero!! You Rock!!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
...sometimes it seems these school admnistrators live on Neptune or Pluto.

They are too busy enacting the politically correct sideshow du jour or disseminating revisionist history materials. Please! They have their priorities.

30 posted on 02/03/2012 2:15:19 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Governor Jan Brewer, My Hero!! You Rock!!)
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To: formosa

[ Sick dude that needs to be shot on sight. ]

No, he needs a trial and then after being found guilty immediately taken out back and hung.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 2:16:23 PM PST by GraceG
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To: ColdOne

Baseball bats with razor blades is too good for this freak.
I would literally skin him alive.................


32 posted on 02/03/2012 2:19:10 PM PST by Red Badger (If you are unemployed long enough, you are no longer unemployed.)
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To: Persevero
So nice to have the kids in government day care from age 3 to age 18. Breakfast, lunch, afterschool - I am surprised they let them home to go to bed. I suppose that’s next.

I remember "Social Studies" class back in the '70s. The teacher described how in the USSR, children were placed in huge nurseries, practically at birth, so mothers and fathers could work. The teacher thought it was great.

I thought it was creepy then. Now I know it was evil.

33 posted on 02/03/2012 2:21:27 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Ramius

Unless it’s just a peculiarity of my twisted DNA, while I have absolutely NO idea what semen would taste like (and never had any plans to test that and don’t now) I can very much attest that it smells locker room raunchy. (I live far more virtuously today than at the time I found this out, and no a close nose was not needed to notice it.) It would have been an automatic gross out experience for these kids. If my post gets zotted I understand... please don’t zot ME... but really. The complaints must have been intense.


34 posted on 02/03/2012 2:25:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s a good question, and I don’t know why the kids never said anything. There must have been lots of different innocuous things being “tested” at the same time, so that one “different” one wasn’t sufficiently wierd to mention. Beats me... I’m just amazed and saddened by the whole thing.


35 posted on 02/03/2012 2:36:03 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Sequoyah101

Another reason why this nation is due to fracture. You have people that want to do the right thing and punish this slime so to send a message to perverts everywhere. DO NOT MOLEST OUR CHILDREN.

The sick liberals in this country pushing the homosexual, bestiality, NAMBLA appreciation day, are going to make excuses and allow him to live.

We MUST separate ourselves from this, geographically, if our future children are going to grow up with any sanity in their lives.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 2:39:02 PM PST by Molon Labbie (End the War On Drugs, Restore the Constitution.)
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To: Ramius

Maybe something like a little drop in a cup of Karo syrup could pass with the kids, but really it’s difficult even to discuss the matter at all without feeling horribly potty mouthed. Hopefully only adults will be on this particular thread. Maybe it should go to the smokey backroom, it deserves it more than a report of some loser reporter who gave catcalls to Newt Gingrich.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 2:43:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You raised a good question, HTRN. NO ONE would zot you for pointing out that the children must have raised a protest of sorts. Perhaps the teacher told them that it was a different substance OR gave them sugar water afterwards. (for the record: I wouldn’t EVER call for YOUR zot, silly bug)


38 posted on 02/03/2012 2:53:07 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Molon Labbie

Isn’t it amazing to see all the red on the map showing the states that DO NOT approve of obastard vs the blue ones who do? A huge land mass with a relatively small population controlled by the others.

Why? Why can’t we stop this? Why won’t we? When will we have had enough of:

California
Washington
Wisconsin
Illinois
Michigan
Connecticut
New York

And just force them to go it on their own? I think we can take them. Heck, I think Texas can take them.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 3:03:51 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: ColdOne

Why is this man still alive?

I guess he has a job lined up as a casting agent at Disney


40 posted on 02/03/2012 3:05:31 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: momtothree

What one might liken it to, however, would have to be almost as gross. Maybe one of the politer things is an ingredient in much “higher quality” imitation vanilla, i.e. a musky extract of dried anal glands of beavers. And that would be very obscure. (The aftertaste of having partaken of too much artificial vanilla ice cream using that stuff is very... peculiar, let me say.)


41 posted on 02/03/2012 3:07:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: ColdOne


After a couple weeks of pain, pray for his eternal salvation, then end the guy's earthly life.
42 posted on 02/03/2012 3:16:59 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Sequoyah101

Being in Illinois, I can’t possibly grok what Illinois is gaining from Obama. Chicago must be like zombie sleep walker land.


43 posted on 02/03/2012 3:36:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: erkelly
. I am thinking McMartin preschool.

That was my initial reaction. The photographs are a significant difference, though.

44 posted on 02/03/2012 3:56:38 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: erkelly

the McMartins didn’t take videos- this guy did


45 posted on 02/03/2012 5:22:02 PM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: Ramius

The spoon and cup that they found in his trash can had tested pos. for his DNA.


46 posted on 02/04/2012 4:49:17 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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