Punahou settles suit with family of child kicked out after father's alleged misconduct

Punahou reaches settlement with student whose father was accused of sexual misconduct
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018 at 10:19 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The parents of a 6-year-old boy agreed to drop their lawsuit against Punahou School on Wednesday. In exchange, their son gets to remain at the campus through the end of the year.

The boy was kicked out after a 5-year-old classmate alleged that the boy's father showed her pornography during a sleepover.

Police investigated that and another child's allegation against the father, but his attorney said the allegations are untrue and police found no evidence.

"There's nothing in these allegations for several reasons, one is they were thoroughly investigated by HPD and Child Protective Services and no charges have ever been filed, nor will any charges ever be filed," said attorney Eric Seitz.

Despite the lack of criminal charges, Punahou officials told the family the boy had to stay out of school.

In a statement Punahou wrote: "The school reserves the right to take action to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and the greater school community."

The family responded with a lawsuit, demanding Punahou allow the boy back and a judge agreed.

However the boy's return, and the possibility that the father would come to campus along with him, caused an uproar among parents.

The school wrote: "The level of disruption for students, faculty and families had increased dramatically and significantly interfered with the functioning of the school community."

Seitz said those fears are unfounded. Under the deal, the father has agreed to stay off campus while his son is enrolled there.

"The people taking that position are hysterical, they are crazy. To take those positions, is morally incorrect and destructive," the lawyer said.

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