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Horrors at school for disabled hold lessons for us all


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 01, 2013

~~<p>By now, the horrors inflicted on students at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind have been well reported. The state Department of Education last spring settled a class-action civil lawsuit that claimed adults who should have protected some of Hawaii's most vulnerable students had instead tolerated and covered up a &quot;Lord of the Flies&quot; campus culture that permitted a small group of teenage boys to terrorize their fellow students.</p>
<p>Girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 16 reported being raped, sodomized, robbed, coerced into sexual activity and otherwise abused at the public boarding school in Kapahulu, including in dorms and on school buses. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2011, claimed that DOE officials had known about the abuse for years, but did not act forcefully enough to stop it.</p>
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By now, the horrors inflicted on students at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind have been well reported. The state Department of Education last spring settled a class-action civil lawsuit that claimed adults who should have protected some of Hawaii's most vulnerable students had instead tolerated and covered up a "Lord of the Flies" campus culture that permitted a small group of teenage boys to terrorize their fellow students.

Girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 16 reported being raped, sodomized, robbed, coerced into sexual activity and otherwise abused at the public boarding school in Kapahulu, including in dorms and on school buses. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2011, claimed that DOE officials had known about the abuse for years, but did not act forcefully enough to stop it. Login for more...



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