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Dededo campus vandalized, trashed

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 by Isa Baza

Guam - Just as the request for proposal to secure surveillance cameras for our island's public schools goes out for bid, one northern elementary school was hit by vandals.  More than ten classrooms at Wettengel Elementary School were vandalized following a three-day weekend celebrating Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day.   

Classrooms were ransacked with trash and graffiti, and one classroom was even sprayed with a fire extinguisher. KUAM News received several user submitted pictures of the crime, including images of students were cleaning-up the spray paint on their desks. We're also told that in one picture it appears suspect(s) threw a chemical in a fish tank, killing the fish inside.

Superintendent of education Jon Fernandez said, "I understand that the school was broken into sometime over the weekend, and we'll try to get a better picture once we get a full report. It sounds like some vandalism went on and maybe ten or more rooms so we're having our staff assess the damage." However, this is not the first time Wettengel Elementary has been vandalized.

According to Fernandez, it is a reoccurring issue, as he said, "What really shocks me is that people think it's okay to come in and not just steal things but destroy things just for the fun of it , it looks like. So we've been asking and are hoping the community nearby can help and monitor the situation in partnership with us. It looks like we're going to need to do more."

The bid for school surveillance systems relative to the Secure Our Schools Act went out just a week ago, close to two years after Governor Eddie Calvo signed it into law in 2013. "I'm very excited that we were finally able to move forward with our Secure Our Schools, our IFB, which will hopefully be able to give us some equipment and other methods of preventing these types of crimes," Fernandez stated.

Fernandez said he tries to ensure all DOE schools are properly secured, and that Wettengel will be on the top of his list once surveillance systems become a reality for Guam's schools. Until then, the Guam Police Department will continue investigating the incident. 


 

 

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