“Any questions/concerns regarding this incident can be directed to me personally via phone or email at [email protected]” DOE officials would not confirm Ballo was the teacher named in the allegations, but other anonymous sources have.
Meanwhile, students at Waiakea High on Monday said details of the alleged relationship between Ballo and a student have been a major topic of discussion for months.
Because the student is older than the state’s age of consent, 16, it is unlikely criminal charges will be pursued by law enforcement, but the teacher, Nancy Ballo, is no longer teaching at the school while a state Department of Education investigation continues.
“We haven’t fired anybody,” said Principal Kelcy Koga, adding administrators are very limited in what they can discuss while the investigation is ongoing.
Lost for decades, the sacred relics were uncovered in 1958 after a bowling alley was demolished.
Temporarily nicknamed the “Wizard Stones of Kapaemahu,” they were restored and blessed, and renamed Na Pohaku Ola Kapaemahu a Kapuni to prevent any Western wizard-like magical misinterpretation. The most famous statue honoring the king who united the Hawaiian Islands stands in front of Aliiolani Hale, the Hawai’i State Judiciary Building, but it’s actually a replica.
“There have been allegations, none of which I can really get into, I’m not able to release what the allegations are,” he said.
“Like any other teacher being investigated, they all have to go through a similar process for conduct, regardless of whether it’s sexual relations with a student, or finances have gone missing, or whatever it is.
One or more of these charges may be used to prosecute violations of the Hawaii Age of Consent, as statutory rape or the Hawaii equivalent of that charge.
Research shows that peer educators make a lasting impact in their communities.
When students see a peer presenting about social situations and pressures with confidence and knowledge, they listen.
Close in age exemptions exist, allowing teens ages 14 and 15 to consent to partners less than 5 years older. A close in age exemption, also known as "Romeo and Juliet law", is designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.
Depending on the situation, the Hawaii close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.