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Dededo school broken into...again

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Nick Guerrero has been a janitor with the Department of Education for almost twenty years. "All of a sudden I realized it's unusual," he said after coming into work. And this morning when he arrived at Benavente Middle School in Dededo, he noticed the signs right away.

"The thing door was cracked open and when I went over there its already bust glass the plexiglass," he explaind. Guerrero stopped what he was doing and called school administrators. BMS Assistant Principal Cora Elane said, "Upon arriving to the school we noticed that there were several windows that were broken in."

The campus struck by vandals and left picking up the pieces of yet another break-in. Hit up were the main office, cafeteria, gym and the a-wing. "It's just vandalism, thank God. I don't see anything stolen I guess they were just playing around they thought it was funny," said Elane.

But it's no laughing matter this is the second break-in at the Dededo campus in as many months.

According to assistant principal Sil Quinene, he's asking parents and the community to talk to their children and come together to put an end to these campus crimes. He believes the individuals responsible are either kids or young adults. "As parents, as community members, talk to each other about this it's a dialogue that can happen where we ask ourselves how do we talk to our kids that this hurts us not sure why we do it, but it hurts us. And we would like your help in talking to family members the young adults or the children that are doing this to address it to ensure we don't do it," he said.

As for Guerrero, whose job now is to clean up the crime scene, he does his part every day to help the children, and sometimes that's all it takes. "When I see a kid sitting looking sad I just go over there and say 'What's your problem?' and I tell them go out and enjoy go out and play with your friends, go do something with your friends sometimes we just have to go out and talk to them. That's how it is," he said.

According to Elane, she believes the school was broken into early this morning. She lives nearby and when she drives by she always takes a close look at the school to make sure everything is okay and as far as this past weekend she didn't notice anything unusual until she received the phone call this morning.

If you have any information about this break-in you're urged to please come forward and help our schools put an end these senseless crimes. Call Guam Crimestoppers at 477-HELP (4357).

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