VIDEO: Chief Justice Carbullido Will Not Authorize Arming SROs; Leaves That Decision Up to Education Board & Legislature

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Guam – The Chief Justice of the Guam Supreme Court says he will not authorize the new School Resource Officers to carry guns on school campus.

In a letter to Legislative Speaker Judi Won Pat , Justice Phil Carbullido writes that “the authority of school resource officers to carry firearms while on Guam public school campuses is fundamentally a policy issue that should be appropriately decided by the Guam Education Board and I Liheslaturan Guahan.”

Carbullido explained that it was never the intention of the Judiciary to decide whether School Resource Officers should carry handguns at schools and  “the Judiciary was simply exploring the best way to deliver the services contracted with DOE” under the federally funded School Resource Officer [SRO] Pilot Program.

But he also notes that “it is common for school resource officers across the United States to be properly armed while on school campuses and this is consistent with past practices on Guam.”

READ Chief Justice Carbullido’s response to Speaker Judi Won Pat

In a separate letter to Acting Interim Superintendent of Education Chris Anderson, Carbullido acknowledges the outcry raised over arming the SROs writing that “since the public announcement was made to introduce the School Resource Office program, concerns have been raised by members of the Guam Education Board, I Liheslaturan Guahan, the local media and members of the community-at-large about arming of the school resource officers.”

READ Chief Justice Carbullido’s response to Acting Interim Superintendent of Education Anderson

Carbullido reiterates that  “the authority of school resource officers to carry firearms while on Guam public school campuses is fundamentally a policy issue that should be appropriately decided by the Guam Education Board and I Liheslaturan Guahan,” and he concludes that he “will not authorize the use of firearms by these school resource officers while on the campuses of the public schools until such time that I receive an explicit request by the Guam Education Board and the Superintendent notifying me of an affirmative policy to do so.”

The 5 new School Resource Officers will be sworn in tomorrow [Friady’s] at 10 am in the courtroom of the Guam Supreme Court.