Guam – The newly renovated Untalan Middle School was damaged by vandals sometime Saturday night, or early Sunday morning.
More than a dozen interior windows appear to have been hammered, or stoned by one or more persons.
The classrooms themselves did not appear to have been entered. And nothing appears to have been stolen from the classrooms, most of which have only desks and chairs, but little else inside them.
In a statement, Superintendent Jon Fernandez says he is “without words to describe this horrific crime against our Untalan students and families.”
The Superintendent said Guam DOE will be working with the contractor “to evaluate our options” to ensure the new school can still open on time.
“It is upsetting to know that there are individuals in our community who take pleasure in destroying the good that we are trying to bring to our children,” says Fernandez. “We must refuse to let the bad acts of a few interfere with our commitment to students.”
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Guam police or Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.
READ the statement from Guam DOE below:
The newly renovated Untalan Middle School was the target of unexplainable vandalism between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
The extent of the damage caused to the school is being evaluated at this time, and more information will be released when it is available.
Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) Superintendent Jon Fernandez, was at the school early this morning with staff to see the extent of the damage at the school. Fernandez then released the following statement to all GDOE employees as they gear up to open for classes on Monday, August 18th Team GDOE:
Earlier this morning, I walked through the renovated Untalan Middle School campus to view damage left by vandals who entered the school grounds last night. There appears to be extensive damage to new windows in the interior areas of the school, affecting about a dozen classrooms. We will be working with the contractor to evaluate our options so we can continue to open school on time. If there are any changes to our plans, I will let everyone know as soon as possible.
I am without words to describe this horrific crime against our Untalan students and families. It is upsetting to know that there are individuals in our community who take pleasure in destroying the good that we are trying to bring to our children. We must refuse to let the bad acts of a few interfere with our commitment to students, and we will work even harder to get things done, deliver a new home for the Untalan Wildcats, and get all schools ready for the coming school year. I will address Untalan Middle School when we have had an opportunity to fully assess the damages.
I ask you to stay focused as we make our final push to the first day of school. Be vigilant in protecting our schools, and let’s stay positive as we work to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves and for all of our students.
Jon J.P. Fernandez
Guam Department of Education
Anyone with information on who might be responsible is asked to report it to the The newly renovated Untalan Middle School was the target of unexplainable vandalism between Saturday night and Sunday morning.