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Ex-teacher served no-trespass notice

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - A former teacher at Untalan Middle School was served a notice of no trespassing after the school's principal says he's been coming around and intimidating employees and students. UMS principal Eleuterio Mesa had served former Untalan teacher Timothy McDow with a notice of no trespassing during a recent oversight hearing on bullying at the Guam Legislature.

McDow provided testimony that night on behalf of the Barrigada school's parent teacher organization. McDow's child still attends the school.

"I'm sorry, I'm not signing this," McDow protested. "What are you, an attorney? Ma'am, let me point out some administrative bullying. I've just been handed a letter from Mr. Mesa who is the principal of Untalan who is submitting to me a notice of trespassing. I'll point out on Friday November 19, Mr. Mesa attempted to intimidate me. He had requested to have me removed from the campus."

McDow says he was at the campus last week to assist in his son's club activity and says Mesa attempted to have him arrested for trespassing. "This is a form of administrative harassment that we've been talking about tonight. If you would like to submit this as evidence to the senator, to the board," McDow said.

A couple of months ago, McDow was terminated from the Department of Education after parents and teachers came forward with complaints that he was making inappropriate comments to students. Both parents and students told KUAM News that he was making sexual comments and even harassed students. But even after his termination, McDow says he hasn't done anything wrong to warrant a notice of no trespassing.

"If the superintendent thought I was a threat to the school, she would've had a marshal deliver a restraining order but honestly, the PTA had asked me to speak tonight," he maintained.

In the meantime, Mesa says McDow's presence on campus has created fear in the school community. "I'm the most motivated person because I'm the one in the front lines being approached by students and employees that they're fearful of him. That's the damage I need to stop. I'm always doing damage control even if this person was terminated. And I'm asking central office for assistance," the administrator stated.

While the notice was signed and approved last week by then-acting superintendent Arlene Unpingco, Mesa says laws and policies need to be changed, noting, "We must come up with some law that any employee who is fired or terminated by the department, that there be some sort of ban from the schools system, especially when that employee is dealing with students through bullying, intimidation and harassment."

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