Education headquarters remain on alert

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GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez's decision to close schools and cancel classes follows Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's recent executive order to extend the islandwide closure of government facilities and schools until May 5 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The school year was originally set to end on May 28th. (PNC photo)

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.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.