100 Kea‘au High School Students Hold Walkout Against Sexual Assault

May 19, 2022, 1:47 PM HST
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At least 100 teens held a walkout at Kea‘au High School campus Thursday, May 19, 2022, against sexual assault. (Tom Hasslinger/Big Island Now)

At least 100 teens held a walkout at Kea‘au High School campus this afternoon against sexual assault.

A pair of students organized the walkout as a way to demonstrate against sexual assault that they say is too prevalent on campus.

Madelyn Smith, a sophomore at the school and one of the organizers of the event said complaints of inappropriate behavior aren’t being heard by the school’s administration, and the walkout is a way to get their voices heard.

“They can’t silence this anymore,” Smith told Big Island Now on Tuesday.

Reporter Tom Hasslinger is in Kea‘au and will have on this story. Stay tuned.

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