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Edu-Board member wants answers on school incident

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - More concerns have been expressed about a parent who was upset about his daughter being bullied at Untalan Middle School in Tiyan. School staffers say they had no idea what happened because the bullying incident, which occurred on Halloween, was not reported to the front office and therefore they were shocked when the parent allegedly rushed into the school, nearly hitting a teacher with his car then allegedly was cursing and made threatening remarks toward staff.

Airport Police were called to the campus, but according to Airport Chief of Police Bob Camacho before they make any arrests they always call the Attorney General's Office for guidance - and in this case they were told to refer for possible indictment.

Staff KUAM News spoke with feared for their lives and claimed Airport Police officers would not arrest him because he was a high ranking customs officer.

It was later revealed at the Guam Legislature during a roundtable discussion on school safety and bullying, held yesterday that the high-ranking Customs and Quarantine Agency officer was Phil Taijeron - the husband of Republican senator Mana Silva Taijeron.

The situation at UMS has prompted Guam Education Board member Barry Mead to visit the campus on Monday. "I have spoken to some folk at Untalan," he said. "You can say that I am really upset by this issue and the way it was reported to me of how it was handled at the school. I am wondering why Taijeron wasn't arrested.

"I have sent a message to all board members and intend on visiting Untalan Middle School and speaking to the people there myself."

Mead also said, "I hope it gets resolved, put the issue to rest. I don't know how long that's going to take, but I'll tell you he needs to be arrested and taken into court. My understanding is he almost hit when he got into the parking lot, and the person (my source) almost got hit. When that person got out of the car and said, 'You are on school grounds, you need to slow down', he started cursing and he continued to go straight though under the walkway."

Mead adds he has sent an e-mail to all his colleagues on the Guam Education Board.

Staffers KUAM News spoke with say they have filed a complaint with the AG's Office. Department of Education deputy superintendent Rob Malay yesterday also told us that his agency is conducting an investigation into the bullying incident, as well as the incident with the parent.

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