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Kamehameha Schools explains extra security on campus

KAPALAMA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Schools leaders are telling parents not to worry about extra security at the Kapalama campus this week. A spokesman said they've brought in special-duty sheriffs as part of a security test in response to an incident involving a former student last month.

Hawaii News Now has learned that the 20-year-old man requested permission to speak at a special assembly, but was denied partly out of concern that he'd been arrested recently for firearms violations.

Hawaii News Now obtained a copy of an internal memo from the schools' risk management director that said, in part, "given the possibility of this denial triggering a negative, possibly violent response from him, several preventative and protective measures have been put into place."

A Kamehameha Schools spokesman, however, said there is no current threat, and that the Kapalama campus is simply testing its ability to mobilize its security as a proactive measure.

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