CNMI governor wants probe on sexual abuse in schools

4:01 pm on 14 August 2020

The Northern Marianas governor wants an investigation into the way the Public School System's has handled allegations of sex abuse of students.

CNMI Governor Ralp DLG Torres.

CNMI Governor Ralp DLG Torres. Photo: Office of the Governor of CNMI

Ralph Torres has asked the Office of the Attorney General to conduct a probe into the PSS.

In a letter to the Education Commissioner and Board of Education Chair, Torres said he believed while it may be too late for past victims of sexual assault, the PSS could learn from what happened and protect current and future students.

The governor added that parents and stakeholders had endured many years of anxiety and stress over concerns surrounding the sexual assault of students.

In a statement, Commissioner Alfred Ada said PSS had a duty to serve and protect each and every individual, including and in particular, the children of the CNMI.

He said PSS supported initiatives that were aimed at improving and complementing the child protection systems and protocols that had been established to safeguard both the CNMI's children and personnel from all forms of risk, including sexual abuse.