7 injured in Tiyan high school riot; students released early

Tiyan High School (PNC file photo)

Injuries have been reported in another riot that took place in a Guam Department of Education school.

According to GDOE, there were seven students injured during the riot. Students with minor injuries were seen by the school nurse while three students were transported to the hospital, two via ambulance.

GDOE announced that a shelter-in-place procedure was initiated at Tiyan High School at approximately 11:40 a.m. this morning.

The shelter-in-place procedure was initiated due to what GDOE described initially as a “potential riot” at the Tiyan campus.

GDOE defines rioting as occurring when four or more students participate in violent or disorderly conduct where injury or property damage may occur.

According to GDOE, the Guam Police Department responded promptly to the incident. GDOE School Resource Officers were also dispatched to assist.

Students at Tiyan high school were released early beginning at 12:45 p.m. and parents of car-riders were asked to begin picking up children at 12:45 p.m. Busses also started picking up students at 12:45 p.m.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said the department is encouraging school administrators to use their authority to deliver the appropriate disciplinary consequences and make clear that acts of violence should not be tolerated in our school communities.

“When it comes to violence, I will support our administrators’ decisions, especially when they recommend expulsion,” Fernandez said.

Under GDOE’s rules, recommendations for expulsion must go through a Disciplinary Advisory Committee (DAC) comprised of teachers, students, administrators and a central office representative. The DAC will make a recommendation regarding final disciplinary action and present it to the superintendent for approval. Parents and guardians may appeal an expulsion to the superintendent.

According to GDOE, alcohol appears to have played a role in the two recent riots at public high schools. Fernandez said there will be no tolerance for students found to be in possession of alcohol or intoxicated on school campuses and any students found to be in violation of these rules will be disciplined accordingly.

“We want our kids to be safe and to say no to violence or substances that may lead to violence in our schools. We thank the Guam Police Department for their continued support in responding quickly to these types of incidents, and we need the continued support of our community partners to keep our schools safe,” Fernandez said.