$5.75 million settlement approved in abuse lawsuit

Bullying, assault, rape alleged at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind

 UPDATED 10:33 AM HST Apr 23, 2013
HONOLULU -

A $5.75 million settlement has been approved in a class-action lawsuit alleging bullying, assault and rape at the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and the Blind.
    
A federal judge in Honolulu approved the settlement Monday.
    
The suit filed in 2011 claimed school officials knew about the alleged acts and did nothing. Attorney for the plaintiffs Michael Green says the allegations date back to 2001.
    
It's the only public school in the state for deaf and blind students.
    
Hawaii attorney general spokeswoman Anne Lopez says the education department has new policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the students.
    
She says the state will pay $5 million and $750,000 is being paid by an insurance carrier.
    
About $1 million will go to the plaintiffs' attorneys.

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