LA teacher's arrest brings questions and fury

CHRISTINE ARMARIO AP Education Writer Published:

A Los Angeles teacher is accused of taping his young students' mouths shut, blindfolding them and placing a giant cockroach on their faces.

All of this, authorities say, in what should have been the safety of their classroom.

In the days since Mark Berndt's arrest, one of the first questions parents and educators across the country were asking was how it could have gone unnoticed for so long in a school where there are hundreds of children and teachers milling about.

What actions the Los Angeles Unified School District and leaders at Miramonte Elementary School took is still uncertain, but school safety experts say it's doubtful someone didn't suspect something along the way.