Los Angeles School Sex Abuse Scandal Implicates Fourth Staffer
(LOS ANGELES) — A fourth staffer at a Los Angeles elementary school is under investigation for inappropriate conduct with a student after the boy’s mother went public with a classroom aide’s love letters to her fourth grade son.
The Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that Areceli Luisjuan, a teacher’s aide, was investigated for writing the letters to the boy in 2009. A spokeswoman for the district confirmed that Luisjuan had since been fired, but did not specify when the firing occurred.
Luisjuan, who is described by the Los Angeles Times as a woman in her fifties, allegedly wrote that she liked it when the boy put his arm around her and was sad when she was transferred to another school because she would not be able to see him anymore.
In one of her three letters, the aide wrote, “When you get close to me, even if you give me the chills I like that. Don’t tell nobody about this!”
The mother of the boy spoke anonymously to the LA Times, telling the paper that she had brought the letters to Miramonte Elementary School administrators and was told she was making up stories. She took the letters to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, but was told to take up the issue with the school, according to the Times.
Luisjuan was not able to be reached for this story.
News of the allegations comes on the heels of two arrests of Miramonte teachers charged with molesting students and an accusation that a third teacher helped enable the abuse. Outraged parents say the school had a history of ignoring sex abuse allegations.
The school was closed Tuesday and Wednesday as its entire faculty is being replaced and interrogated by school officials. The school will reopen Thursday.
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