Simon Sanchez High School and FB Leon Guerrero Middle School were closed today because of what all started with…not one, but two bomb threats. Even though the all clear was given this morning, precautionary measures are being taken at the school tomorrow.
Guam – A positive response from K-9 units prompted both Simon Sanchez High School and FB Leon Guerrero Middle School to close this morning.
This was after the first sweep of the school. Law enforcement authorities, both federal and local, conducted the sweep after a bomb threat was written in one of the women’s restrooms at Sanchez. Students who were already on campus at the time were sent home and US Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal was activated
However, after completing a second sweep of schools at about 8:40 am, the all clear was given. GPD Acting Spokesman Officer Paul Tapao says, “The all clear was given by the Andersen Air Force EOD unit. Given the declaration, our partners who assisted us was Guam Airport K9 unit and the Andersen Air Force Base K9 unit. They did a second sweep of the school which resulted in negative findings. This case will remain open and will be forwarded to our Criminal Investigation Division.”
Since the all clear was given, the Guam Department of Education announced that both schools will re-open tomorrow, under these conditions:
Sweeps will continue tomorrow.
All bags are not allowed on campus for Friday only.
Access on campus will be controlled. All students need to be picked up by 2:30pm so campus can be secured by 3:00pm.
After school activities are cancelled for Friday only, however, Interscholastics athletes need to see the Athletic Director or their coaches for alternate practice sites.
GDOE Acting Deputy Superintendent Chris Anderson says these precautionary measures are in place due to the recent threats made towards the safety of the Simon Sanchez High community. He explains, “The school has taken good measures to make sure the well being of everyone at that school. These statements, even if they’re jokingly made, are taken very seriously. Threats of terrorism or terroristic conduct, which is actually a citation. It’s considered a level three offense. The actions taken for that violation is suspension of course.”
Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact SSHS at 653-2313.