Nightly News | February 07, 2012
>>> good evening. tonight, parents are outraged over what happened to their children at school as a big and fast-moving scandal now has rocked one of the largest elementary schools in the country. inside the second largest school system in the country in los angeles . officials there have made big and fast changes. two veteran teachers have been charged with lewd conduct , aimed at their own students, including allegations of some of the worst kind of abuse imaginable. the school has been shut down for two days. the entire staff has been transferred. it's an extraordinary action and it matches the outrage of the parents at the potential victimization of their children. it's where we begin here tonight with nbc's mike taibbi .
>> the school with 1,500 students shut down for two days. the school superintendent announced the unprecedented measures including the transfer of all the 150 teachers and staff.
>> reporter: clearly several individuals have violated the most sacred trust we have, which is to take care of students when they're given to us.
>> don't tell me that!
>> there have been escalating protests by parents since two veteran teachers were charged with lewd acts against children. martin springer for allegedly fondling two third graders and 61-year-old mark burnt who's alleged to have photographed lewd acts with at least 23 children with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape. one source involved in the case confirmed for abc news in addition to photograph, prosecutors have dna evidence against burnt, dna evidence in alleged acts involving children as young as 7 years old. experts say there's a danger that frightened parents and impressionable children could lead to charges that could lead to lasting damage to chirp and innocent teachers.
>> reporter: it's very dangerous. the fear and anger can move into mob hysteria and the wrong people can be accused.
>> there was anger last night when the prez wasnss wasn't allowed into meetings with officials. but today, parents were more upset for the disruption to students and teachers not con nepgted in the scandal.
>> reporter: the bad teachers, keep them out, but the rest of the teachers were really good.
>> on one poster, who can we trust? mike taibbi , nbc news, los angeles .