Skip to comments.Lawyer: Teacher brought kids from other classes for 'tasting games'
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.
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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
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.
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.
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
Sick dude that needs to be shot on sight.
here, taste this.. BLam!
This is too weird, group hysteria, everyone sees dollars, wants their kid in the act. I am thinking McMartin preschool.
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.
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.
“... 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.
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.
I wonder if he could taste the difference between blued steel and plated nickel?
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.
A spoon and a cup was retrieved from a classroom garbage pail containing his semen.
You really don’t need more evidence than that.
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.