Nightly News | February 04, 2012
>>> we're back now with a scandal making headlines in southern california . the country's second largest school district is reeling and outraged parents are deand what what -- demanding answers after a teacher was arrested accused of horrifying crimes of the children in his care. we get more now from nbc's adee did roy.
>> reporter: he had worked at the elementary school his entire career, teaching there since 199. but in january of 2011 , the los angeles unified school district removed mark burns from the classroom after they received some suspicious photographs. he resigned one month later after the board voted to fire him. this week, authorities arrested him accusing him of abusing the children between 2005 and 2010 .
>> i'm a teacher and a dad. it's appalling.
>> reporter: a lawyer representing the parents of one alleged victim a 10-year-old girl, filed the civil suit against the school district .
>> this is no game. these are young kids. their lives, forever impacted by a sordid man.
>> reporter: some 1,400 children go to the elementary school , most are low income and more than half are learning english as a second language . some parents think these factors made their children vulnerable.
>> i'm afraid.
>> reporter: yesterday a second teacher was arrested. martin springer, a 26 year veteran at the school for allegedly fondling two girls in the classroom. he will appear in court next week. investigators say the two cases are not related. one former prosecutor says the allegations are a wake-up call to all schools.
>> i think it's a nationwide problem. i think every school is vulnerable to this.
>> reporter: the los angeles school district says it's working with authorities and will hold town hall meetings with parents. trying to regain trust in a stunned community. adidi roy, los angeles .