Bullying, Intimidation & Harassment Allegedly Being Waged Against Connections New Century Public Charter School

A campaign of bullying, intimidation and harassment is being waged against students, faculty, and staff of Connections New Century Public Charter School in Hilo, Hawaii. On October 18, 2012, people who oppose the School’s new campus plastered anti-school stickers near all the school entrances.

One of the Connections New Century Charter Schools campuses is located inside the Kress Building seen here.

Ted Hong, a Hilo attorney representing the school said students arriving for another day of school and their parents were shocked to see such an offensive act of hate and intimidation. The Hawaii County Police Department has been notified. Hong warned that the persons responsible will be held to account in criminal or civil court. Similar anti-school signs had been unlawfully posted along state and county roads that students take to and from school.

A press conference will be held on Monday, October 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at Connections Charter School, 174 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii (808-961-3664) at which time the media will be briefed on the status of the new School campus, details and information will be distributed about the ongoing intimidation and concerns about a meeting with the Board of Land and Natural Resources on October 26, 2012. 9:00 a.m., in Honolulu concerning the revocation of the Connections lease for the new campus.

Connections started in 1998 with 165 students as a “school within a school” at Mountain View Elementary School. Currently, the school is separated in two campuses, with the lower and middle school at the downtown Hilo Kress Building site and the High School located across town at the Nani Mau Gardens. The school now serves 361 students from Ka’u to Laupahoehoe with a wait list for all grades. At Connections, students and parents benefit from a safe and creative learning environment.

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