Vandals Strike Jose Rios Middle; Students Sent Home at NOON Because of Damage

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Guam – School vandalism has prompted administrators at Jose Rios Middle School to close the school at noon today [Tuesday] and send students home early.

School Principal Erica Cruz told PNC News that 16 of 51 classrooms had been vandalized. The Principal’s office and the nurse’s office were also broken into.

Cruz says she has instructed teachers and students not to enter the classrooms until a police forensics unit has had the chance to gather evidence.

Cruz did say that on visual inspection, she could see that papers, books and files have been strewn about and tables and chairs upset. Windows were broken. She could not yet say what if anything had been stolen.

The vandalism occurred sometime over night and was discovered at 7 am this morning [Tuesday].

Students will be released at 12 Noon due to the vandalism.

Principal Cruz says she held an assembly with all the students this morning to ask them to help police find out who vandalized the school and to contact Crime Stoppers if they have any information.

All parents of students who travel to school by car are asked to make arrangements to pick up your child at noon. Parents and guardians are asked to ensure that someone is home once your child is released.