Senior JROTC instructor no longer at GW

INVESTIGATION: In this file photo, George Washington High School Principal Lynda Hernandez-Avilla looks over a section of the Mangilao campus. The principal was reassigned as public school officials investigated an allegation against a teacher at the school. Post file photo

The investigation into an alleged relationship between a student and a junior ROTC instructor at George Washington High School has been completed, and the Guam Department of Education anticipates making a decision this week.

The public may expect a statement on the matter by next week, according to GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. 

"With any of these situations, we want to make sure we're abiding with the proper guidelines on what's confidential and what's public," Fernandez said. 

GDOE has not named the junior ROTC instructor and described him only as a school "employee" in press statements, citing confidentiality issues.

The instructor was removed from the high school after a student filed a misconduct complaint. GWHS Principal Lynda Hernandez-Avilla also was removed from the campus as part of the investigation.

Some teachers and parents at GWHS have said the school has known about the alleged relationship covered by the complaint, as well as another relationship with a second student. Both students were 18 at the time.

Fernandez said Hernandez-Avilla has not returned to the school, but GDOE is undergoing administrator assignments at this time and expects to announce those assignments next week as well.

The instructor also remains separated from the school. 

While details on the investigation are still scarce, Fernandez said he does not anticipate the instructor will return to GWHS.

A Department of the Army policy forbids improper relationships involving Army or Army junior ROTC personnel with cadets or students participating in the program. Such offenses are prohibited under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a 2016 Department of the Army policy states.

GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza had confirmed that the Army division overseeing the junior ROTC program has been informed of the GDOE investigation.

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