Mark Berndt is a former teacher who forced cookies upon his students. Those cookies were topped with semen, and were just a part of Berndt's sexual abuse case that landed him behind bars. According to the Source, families of the students involved in Mr. Berndt's sick, sad plan were awarded $140 million on Tuesday.
The 63-year-old is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence, but many feel that isn't enough of a punishment after what he did. The accusations stem back to the 1980s, and include inappropriate photographs, bondage, and other hard-to-imagine things. The children involved have been undoubtedly scarred, but today, families are getting some good news.
Teacher Mark Berndt gave his 3rd graders semen cookies, and took pictures of them eating them. According to the Memphis Rap, Berndt blindfolded students, and fed them semen on a spoon. To make matters worse, Berndt was not fired from the school after the initial complaint was made; because of this, he was able to retire, and receive his pension.
"The $140 million that the lawyers settled with the LAUSD for will be divided up amongst the families of the affected children based off the victims' level of trauma. Some have been said to be 'suicidal,'" reports the Source.
Of course, no amount of money is going to change what happened, but what is important is that Berndt is behind bars, and the right thing has been done.
Mark Berndt and his special "teacher cookies" are a bit of an extreme case. Many teachers who get in trouble for misconduct with students aren't forcing young children to eat semen. That does not make other cases any less serious, however.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a substitute teacher named Linda Hardan was arrested in New Jersey earlier this month after authorities learned that she had sexual relations with a 16-year-old student at Manchester Regional High School where she occasionally worked.
"We are disappointed to learn that someone who occasionally worked as a substitute at the school engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student," said Manchester Regional Superintendent Richard Ney. Hardan has been charged with sexual assault of a minor and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor charge.
Student/teacher relationships seems to be becoming more and more common. However, these relationships are inappropriate, and the children are the ones getting hurt. Putting these teachers behind bars is necessary, but the damage they have caused far exceeds any jail time they could face, as evidenced by parents' claims that some of Berndt's victims are "suicidal."
[Photo courtesy of the Memphis Rap]