13 students expelled after riots

LOCKDOWN: The John F. Kennedy High School campus was on lockdown after a fight broke out at the school's cafeteria on Sept. 12. Two students were taken into custody. Post file photo

The Guam Police Department said that more people might be arrested in connection with Thursday morning’s riot at John F. Kennedy High School.

“We ask the parents that if your child was involved, take the proactive approach and walk into the principal’s office to provide the information and we can work from there,” GPD spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao said.

Two students were arrested after the incident that had students and staff shelter in place at the Upper Tumon campus. There has been no word yet if the students have been charged or if disciplinary action has been taken against them.

On Friday, classes were back to normal at JFK, but GPD and resource officers from other schools were on campus.

“School violence, including fighting/rioting, will not be tolerated,” GDOE Superindent Jon Fernandez posted on Twitter Friday morning. “If you commit an act of violence, your principal may call for a discipline committee and recommend expulsion. I will support your principals in keeping schools safe.”

Tapao said police are working with Guam DOE to prevent further school riots.

“We ask and recommend parents to talk to your kids about what happened and how to prevent it from happening,” Tapao said. “Teach the kids to become better decision makers.”

Multiple videos circulating on social media showed the chaos at the school.

“The social media post generated will be used and captured as evidence to prosecute those involved,” Tapao said.

The Guam Federation of Teachers has received numerous phone calls regarding the lack of adult supervision exhibited in the videos of the riot.

GFT representatives plan to meet with the GDOE superintendent in the coming days to discuss the issue.

Southern High threat

Guam police also went to Southern High School early Thursday morning after receiving reports about a gun on campus.

The school was placed on a brief lockdown just before 7 a.m., according to police.

Authorities said school staff searched the campus but did not find any weapons and gave the all-clear.

In May of this year, a gun was reported stolen from a Southern High teacher’s vehicle that was parked on campus.

A student, Christian Brian Quinata, was charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm without a Guam firearms identification card, illegal possession of a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm in a school zone.

The teacher who brought the handgun onto the school campus that day – in violation of both school policy and Guam law – was placed on administrative leave, but was never charged or named.

Tapao on Friday said the case remains with the Office of the Attorney General of Guam, and it can determine if it will prosecute anyone else involved.

The Guam Gun-Free School Zone Act of 2004 prohibits bringing a gun onto a school campus.

Guam DOE officials declined to comment on the investigation, but have since confirmed that the teacher who owned the gun is no longer with the department.

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