Guam – 5 new Probation Officers were sworn in during a ceremony at the Supreme Court of Guam this morning [Friday].
Chief Justice Phil Carbullido administered the oath. And in remarks to the audience, Carbullido said the “firestorm” of criticism over the past week over the question of whether the school resource officers will carry guns, has obscured the real benefit the officers will bring to security and safety on the 5 Guam DOE High School campuses they have been assigned to.
Still the question of whether they should or should not carry weapons remains unresolved.
Although the Chief Justice has decided that they will not be carrying the handguns in January when they start patrolling the schools, he also said that the question of whether they should eventually carry arms or not is a policy decision that must be decided by the Guam Education Board and the Legislature.
Acting Interim Superintendent of Education, Chris Anderson, told PNC News that he still favors arming the SROs. But Guam Education Board Chairman Francis Santos told us he personally opposes the idea.
But Santos said it is up to the Legislature, not the Education Board, to finally decide the question and end the controversy through Legislation.
The 5 SRO Officers are:
Randall Yasuhiro – Southern High School
Yvette Leon Guerrero – Simon Sanchez High School
Louise Sunga – John F. Kenned High School
LouAnna T. Manibusan – Okudo High School
Emmanuel Cruz – George Washington High School