Missing girl found but mother believes school should be held accountable

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GPD spokesman Sgt. Paul Tapao says that the minor was to attend a basketball clinic at the FBLG campus after school hours and while arrangements were made for the minor to be picked up, she was nowhere to be found prompting her parents to file the report.

The 13-year-old student who went missing yesterday afternoon from FB Leon Guerrero Middle School has been found safe and sound. But her mother believes the school she went missing from should be held accountable.

The Guam Police Department has classified the report as a beyond control complaint. GPD spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao says that the minor was to attend a basketball clinic at the FBLG campus after school hours and while arrangements were made for the minor to be picked up, she was nowhere to be found prompting her parents to file the report.

Tapao says that while the minor was taken into custody, she was later relinquished to the custody of her parents.

The minor’s mother Jessica Dayday, however, is in disagreement with GPD, questioning why the minor was listed as “beyond control” when she feels the school was responsible for her child.

The mother said teachers and support staff should also have an essential role in ensuring the safety and well-being of students.

In response to this, GDOE spokeswoman Isa Baza stated: “It is our understanding that the student went home after school, and then returned to school after school hours at 4 pm for a basketball clinic that was set to begin at 6 pm. She did not attend the basketball clinic. We will be reviewing measures that can be taken to prevent any similar incidents from happening in the future. We believe that our schools and parents should be working together jointly to ensure that students are supervised after school hours.”

A notice to appear in court was issued to the minor and her parents.

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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.