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Saturday
Feb022013

California Preschool Closing After Alleged Sexual Activity Between Students

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A Carson, Calif., preschool is closing after parents learned of alleged sexual activity between 4- and 5-year-olds, according to an attorney representing the alleged victims.

Some students in the preschool class at the First Lutheran Church of Carson School would engage in oral sex during naptime, in the tunnel slide on the playground and in an outside bathroom, attorney Greg Owen told ABCNews.com.

"It all boils down to a lack of supervision," Owen said. "There were times when teachers would let aides in the room for hours at a time to watch the kids. During naptime, the aides would be sleeping and the children would have been molesting each other during this time."

Church leaders said the closing was related to the school director's resignation for personal reasons and insisted the alleged sexual incidents had nothing to do with the closure, ABC News' Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported.

The California Department of Social Services cited the school for at least one of the sexual encounters and an improper student-teacher ratio.

Owen, who is representing four alleged victims, said he plans to file a lawsuit on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the school, the church, the principal, the teacher and an alleged child perpetrator.

The unnamed child cannot be identified by his or her alleged acts, according to the law, Owen said.

Richard McCarthy told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles that his 4-year-old son often received oral sex from a 5-year-old girl at school.

"He told me about all the bad things that girl had been doing to him," McCarthy said. "It went down in the classroom, it went down in the bathroom and it went down out on the playground."

At least one other boy said he received oral sex from the same 5-year-old girl, KABC-TV reported.

"Their lives will be ruined in many ways," Owen said. "And we know there are many more [victims]."

With the mid-semester closing of the school, parents are scrambling to find alternatives, but they say it hasn't been easy.

McCarthy said he's having trouble sending his son to a new school.

"There's no way I can just take him to another school and be that parent that just lets a predator loose," he said. "How else do you explain it?"

Owen said he has talked to several other parents who have the same worry.

"Parents are saying, 'My child is now a predator. Now how can I let him go to another school?" he said. "I have talked to three of the parents who have not been able to, but I would think there are schools around.

"There were many children lying there and they watched these acts. In our business and in psychological terms, that's sexualizing a child at a young age," he said.

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Sunday
Jan092011

Facebook Shutting Down Shop, Abandoning Users?

Photo Courtesy - NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors that Facebook will be shutting down on March 15 have gone viral across the web, causing users to question what will happen to their photos and other content that they have shared on the world's largest social networking site.

The flurry of online chatter that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company would shut down its servers comes just days after it had been valued at $50 billion after a $500 million infusion of cash by investment bank Goldman-Sachs.

The story seems to have been perpetuated by supermarket tabloid the Weekly World News, which Saturday published an article headlined "Facebook Will End March 15th!"

The Weekly World News, which is known for stories on alien abductions and the infamous "bat boy," also reported that Facebook indicated that users should remove all of their personal information and content from the site by March 15. According to the article, after that all photos, notes, links, and videos would be removed.

Facebook has yet to officially respond to the article. 

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