Two teachers at a Boyle Heights day care center run by the Los Angeles Unified School District say they were fired after reporting child abuse committed by a fellow educator.

According to ABC Los Angeles, former LAUSD employee Mayra Ponce says she saw a fellow  teacher holding and shaking a child violently at the Evergreen Early Education Center. Ponce says another student was denied lunch after the child ignored instructions. Once Ponce reported the incidents, she says she was suspended for not doing so in a timely manner.

Norma Martinez, a teacher’s assistant at the time, says she saw another teacher lash out at a group of students, calling them “pigs,” “dirty,” and “nasty,” in Spanish. A lawyer for the teachers tells ABC that the educators faced demotions and were ultimately being forced to resign. The lawyer says LAUSD did not take action when the child abuse was reported.

LAUSD tells ABC that they are reviewing the claims against them and that they have no comment at this time.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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