Guam – While Inarajan Middle School and Okkodo High School are back to normal operations Friday, the Guam Department of Education’s Tiyan headquarters remains on alert.
GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said the Inarajan lock down and Okkodo and Tiyan Headquarters incident are two separate incidents.
A video posted by former gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Diaz caused the threat level to increase at Okkodo and GDOE headquarters. Diaz, in the 12-minute footage, used strong language and aggressive tones aimed at legislative leaders, the Attorney General, GDOE and the Guam Education Board.
The footage prompted Christopher Anderson, GDOE student support services division administrator to file a terrorizing complaint against Diaz.
Fernandez said GDOE takes precautionary measures to alleviate the anxiety of the staff, ensure their safety, and assess the threat level of the situation.
These measures include having SROs operating the gates, limiting access to the campus, and being vigilant in communicating and locking doors.
“On the other hand, we do want people to know that we do raise our threat level when we are concerned. We also do that as early as we can, and then we work closely with the police department to allow them to assess the situation,” Fernandez said.
Inarajan and Okkodo returned to the lowest threat level by Friday. However, the headquarters remained on medium threat level as of Friday morning to allow everyone to get assessed.
Fernandez could not provide more details of the incident as he does not want to compromise GPD’s investigation.