Guam DOE Mourns Victims of Tumon Tragedy; Will Cooperate With GPD, “Within Restrictions Set Forth by Federal Law”

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Guam – The Guam Department of Education has issued a statement expressing its shock and devastation by the “incomprehensible event that has taken the lives of three innocent bystanders and left 11 others injured.”

The suspect accused of murdering and injuring those people is 21 year old Chad De Soto, who only just graduated from JFK High School last June.

In the statement, Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay writes that Guam DOE “is shocked and devastated” and the Department will  ” cooperate and assist authorities and the media to the best of our ability, but within the restrictions set forth by federal law regarding student information”

Malay also states:Mr. De Soto participated in many activities that included both the visual and performing arts such as video production and singing and dancing groups. Prior to enrolling at JFK High School, Mr. De Soto attended Tamuning Elementary School and Jose Rios Middle School.”

“Please understand that this event did not take place at the school,” writes Malay. “Like most others, GDOE awaits further details that may provide answers to this terrible event. Those answers need to come from the appropriate authorities and not the education system”

 

READ the statement from Guam DOE below:

TUMON TRAGEDY STATEMENT FROM GDOE
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) mourns the incomprehensible event that has taken the lives of three innocent bystanders and left 11 others injured. We extend our deepest sympathy to all of the victims, their families and others that may have been adversely affected by this incident.

The individual identified by law enforcement authorities as committing these acts is a former student at John F. Kennedy High School. Chad De Soto graduated from the Tumon school on June 15, 2012. He was enrolled at the school from August 2006 until he fulfilled the prescribed requirements to earn his diploma.

Mr. De Soto participated in many activities that included both the visual and performing arts such as video production and singing and dancing groups. Prior to enrolling at JFK High School, Mr. De Soto attended Tamuning Elementary School and Jose Rios Middle School.

Please understand that this event did not take place at the school. Like most others, GDOE awaits further details that may provide answers to this terrible event. Those answers need to come from the appropriate authorities and not the education system.

GDOE, like the communities affected, is shocked and devastated by this unfortunate event. We want to let the healing process begin for the victims, their families, and the others affected including our students, teachers and school personnel. GDOE will cooperate and assist authorities and the media to the best of our ability, but within the restrictions set forth by federal law regarding student information.

All media inquiries related for GDOE should be relayed through Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay via phone at 300-1631 or email at rhmalay@gdoe.net.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.