After the complaint was received by GDOE, the employee was immediately reassigned away from the school site to allow the department to initiate the investigation, according to a statement from GDOE Spokeswoman Isa Baza.
“We are conducting this investigation with great urgency, gathering the relevant facts and speaking with all individuals who might be able to add information. Once the investigation is complete, we will take any and all appropriate administrative action,” Baza said.
She said that depending on the type of complaint received, GDOE has specific rules and regulations regarding the proper notification of parents, law enforcement, and any other relevant agencies.
“Based on our investigation, we can confirm that the deputy superintendent, superintendent, and Guam Police Department were made aware of the complaint. However, preliminary findings from our investigation have led the department to review the school administration’s handling of its responsibilities under the GDOE rules and regulations,” Baza said.
In addition to the removal of the employee, Baza confirmed that the school’s principal was also temporarily reassigned. GDOE also clarified that there are no allegations of misconduct against the GWHS principal.
“The superintendent deemed the reassignment necessary to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the investigation,” said Baza.
“Our scope of inquiry may widen as we continue to receive information and interview more witnesses. However, our effort is to complete the investigation as soon as possible. At this time, no further details are available,” she said.
Baza added: “Student safety is our top priority.”
Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez said, “Our job right now is to provide a complete and thorough administrative investigation into the complaint, which will then allow us to decide on the appropriate action. While we cannot release details at this time, please know that we are working hard to ensure that our campuses are safe places for all stakeholders.”