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Parent's protection results in school lockdown

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 When it comes to our children, let's be honest: there's probably nothing we wouldn't do for them to ensure their safety. And for one parent in Yigo, that's exactly the case. Out of desperation he called KUAM News after his kids' school was placed on lockdown in fear that he would be arrested.

Vincent Camacho admits he hasn't always been the perfect citizen, but he's paid for his crimes and says he's turned his life around for his family. And Tuesday afternoon he had a brush with the law.       

His children attend Machanaonao Elementary School, and the northern campus was placed on lockdown. "My son called me up and told me that someone took his food away from him," Camacho detailed, "and now because food is served one per child my son is left without eating, so when I called the school I told them, 'Please call the police - I'm having someone arrested'. They had the school on lockdown all because of the presumed fear that I'm Lucifer's beget."    

According to Camacho the school has banned him from the campus. He says it's because he's complained and confronted school officials numerous times in the past about his children being bullied, but nothing has happened. When asked why he thought he was getting arrested, he responded by saying, "Because of what happened last week when I was yelling at the staff member and I told the staff member to go [EXPLETIVE] off."  

Concerned about this latest bullying incident, he walked to the nearby church to see if the police were called. But he also called KUAM, worried that he might be arrested. "The police is walking over, they're calling me over, but that is school grounds so that is grounds for immediate arrest because of entering the school grounds.  So I'm here at the entrance to Santa Bernadita," he stated.

"I have the school on lockdown, I need to clear it. I need to talk to this person."

KUAM spoke with Camacho after the lockdown - he wasn't arrested - but is still banned from the school and concerned about his children's safety. Camacho said, "They misconstrued my meaning and place that thing on a lockdown stating that maybe I'm going to harm one of the children. That's way beneath me if I'm gonna bring harm to a child."

Camacho says he's been complaining about his children being bullied for a year now. He said, "Being bullied, being spit-balled, being pulled on the hair, being called girl the other being called a [RACIAL EPITHET]. She's not one of them, and these are all derogatory things.

"If I gave them a chance from last year to now and still the issue has not been resolved apparently they're not doing their job."

Department of Education deputy superintendent Rob Malay says the matter is being taken seriously and being looked in to, of paramount importance is the safety of students. "The school administration felt that they needed to issue a lockdown over at the school to ensure the safety of the students and the employees on the campus. Superintendent [Jon] Fernandez stopped by the school personally to provide information to a parent who was upset and to arrange to meet with the parent and hear his concerns and determine what the issues are and determine how to best resolve them."
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