St. Paul student in custody for having gun at school - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

St. Paul student in custody for having gun at school

Posted: Updated:
 by Isa Baza

Guam - Student safety at schools has been a growing concern for parents and school officials around the nation. While incidents involving firearms have happened at schools around the nation, most don't expect things such as these to happen here at home.

The incident happened at 11:45 Wednesday morning. A student came forward and reported that another student at St. Paul Christian School had brought a gun to school. As soon as school officials were notified of the situation, they called the student in question into the Principal's Office. They confiscated and searched the student's possessions at which point they found a firearm in his bag. The Guam Police Department was then called to the Harmon campus.

Police spokesperson Officer AJ Balajadia said, "We received a call of a student with a weapon a .25-caliber weapon at St. Paul's on Wednesday. The minor was released to his parents on Wednesday and Juvenile Investigations with Patrol followed up on that case."

On Thursday the minor was taken into custody and remanded to the Department of Youth Affairs. School officials, however, did not notify parents about the incident until 10:45 late Thursday evening. St. Paul academic administrator Manny Inciong said the reason parents were notified so late was because St. Paul's wanted to get the facts straight before disseminating information so as to not compromise an ongoing investigation or violate the family educational rights and privacy act. Parents, however, were still very concerned that they were not notified.

"The investigation is closed, the weapon was not loaded, and from what I understand, there was no threats made toward any staff or students at the school," he said.

But where did the student get the gun? "It was mentioned and that's part of the investigation and that will come out in court, or when he's represented by legal counsel," he said.

While Balajadia could not release further details, he did say that there has been no indication that the Michael Robert Webber Firearms Liability Act of 1990 was violated.  The act creates liability for firearm offenses involving minors, making it a crime for adults to leave a firearm unsecured or without a locked cabinet or closet, or without a trigger lock in place. Inciong emphasized that student safety is paramount at St. Paul's, and that they are reviewing the incident and procedures to ensure better student safety in the future. 
  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • More pressure on policymakers over hospital

    More pressure on policymakers over hospital

    This time it's the doctors and administrators at GMH who are weighing in.

    More >>

    This time it's the doctors and administrators at GMH who are weighing in.

    More >>
  • Guam gets money to add more cops to the force

    Guam gets money to add more cops to the force

    More bodies could be coming soon to the police force. The US Department of Justice has awarded the Guam Police Department more than $1.6 million. The money will allow GPD to bring on 15 police officers to its ranks. It's all part of the 2017 COPS hiring grant program.More >>
    More bodies could be coming soon to the police force. The US Department of Justice has awarded the Guam Police Department more than $1.6 million. The money will allow GPD to bring on 15 police officers to its ranks. It's all part of the 2017 COPS hiring grant program.More >>
  • Woman charged with child abuse after kids reveal bruises

    Woman charged with child abuse after kids reveal bruises

    Two elementary students found with multiple bruises on their body resulted in police arresting a 27 year old mother. Krystal Rose Flores San Juan is charged with two counts of family violence. Court documents state, police responded to a public elementary school on Monday to a child abuse complaint. Cops noted one child has bruises on her arms, back and butt, while the other had a bruise on his rib cage area and a cut on his bottom lip. One victim told the officer, "Mommy took...

    More >>

    Two elementary students found with multiple bruises on their body resulted in police arresting a 27 year old mother. Krystal Rose Flores San Juan is charged with two counts of family violence. Court documents state, police responded to a public elementary school on Monday to a child abuse complaint. Cops noted one child has bruises on her arms, back and butt, while the other had a bruise on his rib cage area and a cut on his bottom lip. One victim told the officer, "Mommy took...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly