Kamehameha Schools has announced that it has reached a settlement with parents and former students who accused a former speech and debate teacher of secretly videotaping students showering in his home.
The teacher is also accused of subjecting one student to inappropriate sexual conduct.
Kamehameha Schools says the former teacher is Gabriel Alisna, who taught speech for 12 years before being fired in March 2013.
The school has agreed to pay a $5 million settlement to three parents and four former students.
The settlement, being finalized this week, includes a dismissal of the civil claims brought by the plaintiffs in 2013.
“The well-being of our haumana is our top priority,” said Jack Wong, KS Chief Executive Officer. “Together we agreed resolution was the right thing to do, and we remain committed to seeing Alisna held accountable to the fullest extent of the law as the state continues its criminal proceedings.”
“The reaction of Kamehameha Schools and its Trustees provided the students affected with a sense of gratification and belief that the school will take all necessary steps to prevent similar misconduct in the future,” said Michael Green, attorney for the plaintiffs.
He says the alleged actions have left his clients, now in their early 20s, scarred.
“Some will be in turmoil their whole lives. Some seeking psychiatric consultation, some had to move all over the country to find peace with themselves.”
Alisna’s trial has been delayed multiple times and is now set to begin in October.
He has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of violation of privacy and sex assault.