LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A Los Angeles judge has ruled that parents can proceed with their own claims of emotional distress related to abuses at Miramonte Elementary School, where a third-grade teacher was accused of spoon-feeding children semen in what he called ``tasting games.''

The Daily News reports attorneys of the children and their parents hailed this week's ruling.

Los AngelesUnifiedSchool District has argued it is immune from liability to the parents under a state statute that limits the responsibility of government agencies. The court disagreed.

Dozens of families are suing, arguing district officials failed to protect their children from harm.

On Nov. 15, former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt pleaded no contest to committing lewd acts on children and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.