Guam – Students at Astumbo middle school in Dededo were sent home Friday after school officials found the campus ransacked by vandals.
At least 15 classrooms and five administrative offices were broken into and trashed at the Astumbo middle school in Dededo. School principal Robert Martinez says staff noticed the school was broken into Friday morning. “Classes were ransacked things were torn down from the walls chairs were moved around desks were somewhat broken into and so that’s what we’ve noticed birds eye view we don’t have true account yet of what is missing because we’re in halt right now because of police officers doing their investigation,” said Martinez.
This isn’t the first time the school has been broken into in fact just this week on Monday officials found a few classrooms and offices had been vandalized and a laptop stolen. This is the third time this school year that the school has been broken into and vandalized. Last year the school was broken into a few times as well. The perpetrators of last year’s break ins were caught and some of them turned out to be students of the school. Today’s break in however is the worst in the new school’s history. The vandals cracked glass to get into each room. They tore up Christmas decorations and emptied out desks. Assistant principal Esther Yanger said, “It was very disheartening for students as well as our staff so we just like the community to be vigilant especially our neighbors.”
Astumbo elementary which is right next door to Astumbo middle school was also broken into. They only had three classrooms broken into so they were still able to hold classes. As for Astumbo middle school, teachers and staff have no choice but to pick up the pieces. “Please if anyone out there has any information with regards to what happened at the school please let us know and do the right thing,” said Martinez.
The middle school has no security and no security alarm but it is something they ask for every year in their budget. “The reality is is this is what society does and society needs to really look at the things they are doing and the outcomes that come with the things that they’re doing,” said Martinez.
Astumbo middle school will hold classes on Monday to make up for the lost day. Officials with the school however are asking parents to pay attention to announcements in the media for any changes.