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"Explosion-like incidents" at Yigo high school

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - It could have been a much worse situation. KUAM News has confirmed that last Friday several explosion-like incidents took place at Simon Sanchez High School.

DOE deputy superintendent Rob Malay explained, saying, "Before school opened about 6:30 in the morning some of the students had been let into the school campus there were three bottles that had a solution in them that caused the bottles to eventually explode two of them were in the science building one was over near the fast track barn buildings."

A preliminary sweep of the area was conducted, while the all-clear was given, several hours later another explosion occurred. "There was another event that happened at the end of the lunch period GPD was patrolling the hallways along with school personnel and were getting ready to leave as students were going back to their classrooms there was another one that was thrown into a box inside one of the hallways that went off," he said.

KUAM News obtained a letter from the principal sent to teachers the day of the explosions she described the events that occurred involving water bottle bombs and further advised them to be cautious and aware of their surrounding.

According to Malay the student responsible for the bottle bombs was identified and their preliminary investigation indicates that there were no other accomplices. "From what I am told they found him after the third event based again on another account of a witness who observed the individual and they were able to identify to the administration who that individual was and let them know where the individual was located," he said.

And while concerns were raised by school personnel in regards to the explosions Malay says the administration did act with the safety of the students and personnel as their top priority but adds, that there is room for improvement. According to Malay the Home of the Sharks will be tightening security measures before and after school effective immediately school gates will open at 6:45. Students will also only be allowed to enter and exit the school grounds through designated areas.  
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