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 Guam Department of Education has confirmed that a senior Army instructor at George Washington High School, Manjo Quintanilla, is no longer employed with the department.

GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza did not provide further comment, stating it's a personnel matter.

She declined to say whether Quintanilla was the subject of an internal investigation at GDOE.

The confirmation that Quintanilla is no longer working as a junior ROTC instructor with the education department, however, comes a week after the completion of an internal investigation into an alleged relationship between a student and a junior ROTC instructor at the Mangilao high school.

Superintendent Jon Fernandez told The Guam Daily Post that the instructor had been removed from the high school after a student filed a misconduct complaint. GW Principal Lynda Hernandez-Avilla also was removed from the school as part of the investigation.

Some teachers and parents 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.

Details from the investigation have yet to be made public. However, Fernandez confirmed the instructor's contract has been terminated. 

The Army division overseeing the junior ROTC program has been informed of the GDOE investigation, Baza said.