Lock down at Southern High under investigation

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Guam – At approximately 12:50 p.m. Thursday, school authorities initiated a lockdown procedure at Southern High School following a vehicle break-in. According to reports, a firearm with ammunition was taken from the car.

The Guam Police Department immediately responded on site. At around 1:44 p.m., authorities issued an all-clear on the incident. According to the Guam Department of Education, the firearm was located and accounted for.

But community members are asking – what was a gun doing on the school campus?

The Guam Gun Free School Zone Act of 2004 prohibits firearm possession in a school zone. A violation under the act is considered a third-degree felony. Penalties may include up to three years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza said the vehicle belonged to a GDOE employee. However, in her statement, Baza did not indicate who owned the gun, but she confirmed that the matter is under investigation by authorities.

“I will defer to GPD regarding any GPD investigation,” Baza said.

In response to the incident, Fernandez said, “Our Southern High School staff did an excellent job of searching the campus, and we also want to thank our GPD partners for their assistance. We are thankful that our students are safe and that this did not end up to be a worse situation.”

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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.