Source: Fired Damien leaders were disputing money for sex assault lawsuits

Catholic order that owns the school says local leaders were considering independence from Brotherhood.

Source: Fired Damien leaders were disputing money for sex assault lawsuits
File photo of students at Damien Memorial School.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Damien Memorial School welcomed students back to campus Tuesday under new leadership, but not without ongoing uncertainty over the status of leadership at the school.

The school’s new president, Brother Brian Walsh, is a member of the Christian Brothers Order, which maintains control of the school. Walsh was on the Kalihi campus today, but refused to speak to the media about recent events.

The Christian Brothers Order fired former President Wes Porter last Thursday, along with 2 volunteer leaders.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now the three were fired after they resisted a request from the Christian Brothers to set aside over a million dollars in potential costs for sex assault lawsuits from the past.

A spokesman for the order disputes that report, says that sex assault settlements had nothing to do with the firings. The school leaders, the spokesperson says, were terminated after they openly considered separating the school from the Christian Brothers control.

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