Guam – The Guam Department of Education Tuesday declared the elementary school “slashing” out-break, under control now, and over, at least for now.
In all 20 students at Upi Elementary, and another 7 at D.L. Perez Elementary were involved in using the blades from pencil sharpeners to cut themselves, mostly on the forearm.
None of the 5th and 6th graders was injured seriously, none got stitches and none went to the hospital.
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, DOE and DMHSA officials said most of those involved were boys. And it appeared to have been a classic case of copy-catting that may have started when one of the boys saw it being done in a movie.
Acting Interim Deputy Superintendent Robert Malay said there is no guarantee that there will not be a repeat of the behavior. But he said that all teachers and school employees have been put on notice to be aware of the behavior and all the students and their parents have been contacted and counseled as well.