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LAUSD still to fire Miramonte teacher after charges dropped

LA School Report | February 5, 2014

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imagesVia the Los Angeles Times | By Howard Blume, Richard Winton and Alan Zarembo

The Los Angeles Unified School District said it would not reverse its decision to fire former Miramonte Elementary teacher Martin Springer after charges against him were dropped Wednesday, officials said.

L.A. County prosecutors canceled Springer’s pending trial after the teacher’s young accuser decided not to testify. Her family said the 12-year-old was too traumatized, “so we are unable to proceed at this time,” said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

But nothing has changed from the perspective of the nation’s second-largest school system, said Supt. John Deasy.

“The dismissal case will continue,” Deasy told The Times. The schools chief added he sympathized with the decision of the alleged victim. “I understand the trauma a victim can experience. We will continue to support victims and their families,” he said.

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