SCS burglar gained entrance with a rock

Posted on Aug 27 2020


The Saipan Community School and church’s ministry center’s broken glass door after a burglar threw a large rock through it last Monday. (Contributed Photo)

The suspect who broke into Saipan Community School and church gained entrance into the building through a rock that was thrown through a glass door.

According to Amanda Dunn, SCS principal and superintendent, the burglar who attempted to burglarize the ministry center building of the school and who remains unknown threw a large rock that shattered a glass door.

“Unfortunately, even the safest campuses have external factors that can cause a minor incident. An unknown troubled soul threw a very large rock through the glass door of a school/church building on campus [last Monday],” she said.

Dunn said fortunately, one of the school’s teachers was there within seconds to assure nothing more than the door was vandalized.

“We are thankful that the Department of Public Safety quickly responded and made a report. As always, SCS prioritizes safety for our community day and night. We are praying for the safety of our entire community in these difficult times. Together we are better, 6 feet apart,” she said.

Shards of broken glass litter the floor of Saipan Community School and church’s ministry center after a burglar tried to break in by smashing its glass door Monday. (Contributed Photo)

According to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Dre Pangelinan, the case remains under investigation and the suspect has yet to be identified.

Pangelinan said the search continues, with the little amount of information they have on the suspect who was described as 5’6”, a little muscular, in dark clothing, and had slightly long hair.

SCS prides itself in being one of the first schools on island to complete the implementation of required guidelines to be approved to resume on-campus courses.

“Thanks to the tireless work of the faculty, staff, and board who, with great innovation, created a safe way for our students to resume on campus learning,” said Dunn.

However, the campus had to close its door to face-to-face learning following the recent directive from Gov. Ralph DLG Torres stopping all in-person learning as they control the community spread of COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure to keep all CNMI students safe.

“The past three and half months we at SCS have meticulously planned how to create a safe learning environment for your children. We worked beyond our paid contracts and sacrificed our time to ensure the best results. We were highly commended for our plan, policies, and procedures that were strictly implemented, and for the modifications that were made to our campus prioritizing distancing, hand washing, and hygiene. For these reasons I am so very sorry to announce that SCS will not be able to meet for face-to-face classes starting August 24th due to the Governor’s 8/21 Reimplementation of Restrictions,” Dunn wrote in a previous email to parents.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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