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Students unintentionally locked in classroom

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Department of Education is investigating a complaint filed against the agency by a parent who alleges that her son was locked in a classroom at Southern High School. School principal James Petite says the teacher admitted she was going to a meeting and locked the room.

Petite says the teacher did say that six other students and a substitute teacher was also inside the classroom. He admits the oversight on the part of the teacher, and says he will be dealing with the issue to determine what action if any should be taken. "When the teacher explained to me she said she has a habit of locking things and I guess that's her normal routine when she leaves her classes to lock it and lock the dead bolt, she was probably rushing to a meeting that was extremely important and that was an oversight<" he said.

DOE Deputy Superintendent Arlene Unpingco says the complaint is under investigation. This is the second allegation made against the Santa Rita campus. Earlier this week allegations were made that student grades were being changed so they could graduate or play sports.

DOE has concluded that the allegation is unfounded.

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