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FBLG probed for mismanagement, bullying

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Although there's a Guam Education Policy Board resolution regarding bullying at campuses around the island, more and more students are being victimized every day.   Upset that nothing has been done to improve her daughter's situation, one parent has taken matters into her own hands.

Mae Marie Quidachay spends her days at F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School in Yigo, not for work, but to make sure her daughter isn't being bullied.  "The threat was that a bunch of girls were going to beat her up after school so when I made the report to the principal Mr. (Ulric) Marc and the Disciplinary principal Ms. Quitugua, I notified them about the threat and apparently nothing was done about it," she said.

For the last month Quidachay has shadowed her daughter at the campus as she's filed close to a dozen complaints with the school's administrators about her daughter being bullied.  "They had my daughter they pulled her hair they pushed her down, they kicked my son in the leg," she said.

Quidachay insists that the bullying only worsened and FBLG administrators did nothing to stop the problem. "He says he is waiting for an incident to happen to my daughter to act on this problem," she added.  "These kids are still up to now harassing her; they're bullying her around in front of my presence, as well as myself they are doing it to me.  And every time I report it into the principal, he has other important issues to deal with.  My daughter's safety is not important to him."

Principal Marc was not available for comment, but Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood has now been made aware of the situation at the school.  "So I just want to remind the parents that we are taking this seriously and we have actually launched an investigation," she confirmed, clarifying that the inquiry was into management.

"Situations like this we take very seriously; we don't take bullying lightly we conduct our investigation," she said.

Deputy Superintendent Arlene Unpingco attempted to get the situation resolved on Friday after KUAM News told her about the complaint, even meeting with the parents of the students accused of bullying Quidachay's daughter.  Unpingco confirms she's conducting other investigations into management at the campus, saying, "That bullying situation was not reported to my office because the principal had been in communication with the parents and my understanding was that a meeting was supposed to be held on Monday, but that parent didn't show up."

Quidachay maintains she was never told about the meeting and when she finally met with the principal, he told her that her daughter's case was still sitting on his desk.  While the investigation continues, this mother is hoping DOE will implement its mandates to ensure the safety of her child while she's at school.

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