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Knife confiscated from student at middle school

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - Just a week after the Tiyan High School bus incident, police have responded to yet another incident at a Department of Education school.  According to the police blotter on Tuesday the Guam Police Department responded to a report of terrorizing at Untalan Middle School. GPD's Juvenile Investigations Section is currently conducting an investigation to look into the incident. Because of the ongoing investigation, DOE deputy superintendent, Rob Malay could not release further details.     

"There was an incident reported to the school administration who upon investigation contacted the parents and the police and took administrative action," he could only state.   

According to police spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia, officers responded to the Barrigada campus after school officials confiscated a knife from a male student. The student allegedly made threatening comments to other students against a teacher.

Guam Education Board chairman Peter Alexcis Ada said, "There is a policy within the Board of Education in reference to bringing in any form of weapon.  One procedure that they are required to do is to inform the parents."

Ada is referring to the Dangerous Weapons Policy which calls for immediate administrative action and notifying the police. Although the policy was followed, some might wonder what policies are in place to prevent these situations?

Malay notes that DOE has several policies to deter violence in Guam's schools, including a search and seizure program as well as the school crime stoppers program, both of which are active throughout the Department of Education.

A separate policy requiring clear and mesh bags, however, is not mandated at all public schools. "I will be advising the Board Policy Committee to review it again and we're going to make sure that all stakeholders involved, we cross every T and dot every I," Ada promised.

He says that these policies need to be reviewed and further training conducted to bring better awareness to teachers and administrators.

We should also add that Untalan Middle School does not mandate the clear and mesh bag policy. 
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