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Teacher surrenders to police

They are piecing together what happened between her and student, then 14.

March 09, 2010|By Max Zimbert

Beck taught English and social science. Administrators have a substitute in place to finish the school year.

District officials would not comment regarding potential legal liability, adding that such questions were speculative.

“We had no information until the Burbank Police Department contacted us,” said Gabe Soumakian, assistant superintendent for human resources. “We didn’t know why she resigned. It didn’t make sense, but we didn’t have any information to go along with it.”

Parents were unaware of the allegations Tuesday when they picked up their children in front of the school.

“It’s getting younger and younger,” said Dan Wright, a father of a sixth- and seventh-graders. “I can’t imagine how I’d react if my son or daughter was in that position with someone of authority — not to mention the impact on other students, because they’ll find out.”

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Manuela Cansino said she worried about the effect on her grandson and his classmates.

“They’re going to be surprised,” she said. “They’ll be asking questions. It’s unbelievable.”


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