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The negligence suit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles contends that the current and former principals of Miramonte Elementary School and other district officials ignored complaints dating back a decade about Mark Berndt.

Mr. Berndt was arrested in January and has been fired. He’s pleaded not guilty to committing lewd acts with 23 students. Prosecutors claim he blindfolded students, photographed them and fed them his semen.

The suit was filed on behalf of 14 mothers of alleged victims. Two previous lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 30 former students.

FLORIDA

Alligator bites off swimming teen’s arm

MOORE HAVEN — An alligator at least 10 feet long lunged at a teenager swimming in a river and bit off the teen’s right arm below the elbow, state wildlife officials said Tuesday.

Kaleb Langdale, 17, survived the encounter Monday in the Caloosahatchee River west of Lake Okeechobee.

Wildlife officers who caught and killed the alligator retrieved the arm, but doctors were unable to reattach it.

“We found the alligator that was responsible,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said. “We were able to kill the alligator and dissect the alligator, remove the arm and transport the arm to the hospital to see if the doctors could reattach the limb.”

The alligator was 10 or 11 feet long, Mr. Pino said.

The teen was in good condition Tuesday at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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