by Nick Delgado
Guam - Following the pair of oversight hearings on the Department of Education, Senator Rory Respicio sent a letter to agency Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood demanding that she educate her employees on the law regarding child abuse reporting. Respicio writes that it seems the DOE faculty and staff believe they do not have to report child abuse incidents to child protective services or the Guam Police unless the perpetrator is the child's parent or guardian.
He also says that it is imperative that DOE work with the Attorney General's Office to coordinate a system-wide employee orientation on the laws of Guam. Respicio also says there are obvious key components lacking in Dr. Underwood's leadership after learning about the negative environment the stakeholders put up with.