Bayamón Judicial Center. (Archive)
The Bayamón Court found probable cause for the complaint against the director of a school in Bayamón that the Health Department closed for offering face-to-face classes in violation of the executive order.
In the complaint, the principal of the Clagill school in Bayamón was identified as Eric Alvarado Menéndez.
According to the accusation filed today in court by police officer Christian Pellot, from the Bayamón Norte district, Álvarez Menéndez “prevented the issuance of an order for immediate closure for violation of the provisions of Executive Order OE-2020-062 ”.
He adds that he refused “to provide information and obstructing the functions of a public official, facts contrary to the law.”
Alvarado Menéndez was summoned for October 7, when it will be determined whether sanctions are applicable for the less serious crime, while he is exposed to administrative penalties in the Department of Health.
The intervention to which the complaint refers took place on September 5 and was in charge of the Office of Investigations of the Department of Health.
At that time, the director of that Health office, Jesús Hernández, indicated that they received “confidences that the Clagill school, in Bayamón, was teaching face-to-face classes in addition to its enrollment.”
“Despite the fact that we previously oriented the director and instructed him that he was not complying with the executive order, he ignored it, so we proceeded to order the closure of the place. The executive order establishes that face-to-face classes are not allowed and we must enforce the law, ”Hernández explained in written statements issued at that time.
In the press release of Health it was indicated that, after the notice of the closure order, the director of the school prevented the entry of Health personnel to the facilities, which constitutes obstruction of justice.
Clagill College has an enrollment of 130 students, of whom 28 were taking face-to-face classes. The same school had published on its social media page several photos of its students in classrooms, wearing masks.
Tuition at this school is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Due to the infractions, the school administration is exposed to fines and its license could be revoked, quoted that communication sent to the media.