GDOE plans to work with parents of problem kids

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The Guam Department of Education is planning to have closer interaction with the parents of students who cause trouble in their schools.

There has been a spate of violent incidents in the island’s public schools, including rioting and the discovery of dangerous weapons like brass knuckles.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez, in an interview with the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K57, said the Guam Education Board has been calling for more to be done with regard to student troublemakers.

Fernandez said GDOE cannot do this alone and the parents should be involved. “We have to be working hand in hand with them,” he said.

The GDOE superintendent says he understands the plight of some of these students who come from homes with drugs or alcohol abuse.

“We are talking about a small minority, however, they have a big impact,” Fernandez said.

With regard to the use of metal detectors proposed by a member of the education board, Fernandez said it may not be wise to penalize all students for the actions of a few.

“What we will do is punishing all for the sins of the few. This will also impact the good students,” Fernandez said.

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