BULLYING: A viral bullying video shows a female student repeatedly slapping a fellow student.
MANILA, Philippines — A video of some school girls bullying their classmate recently went viral on social media.
The video shows one of them pointing and cursing at the seated victim before slapping her a few times.
They were later identified as students of Sacred Heart College in Lucena City, Quezon Province.
Based on a statement issued by the school, this happened a year ago. They have already talked with the parties involved and have resolved the case.
But according to the grandmother of the victim, while they may have been summoned by the school, they were not aware of the severity of the bullying done to her grandchild.
She said the bullied girl’s mother, who is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), was shocked to see the severity of the violence and have called for re-investigation of the case.
“Wala naman daw akong ebidensya. Hindi daw nila nabigyan ng sanction kasi nga nag-usap na kami na nag-sorry yung bata pero hindi ko alam na ganoon ka tindi. Kasi kung inamin nila yun noong nagharap kami noong una, hindi ako papayag,” said the victim’s grandmother.
(They said I had no evidence. They were not sanctioned because when we met, the child apologized but I did not know then of the severity of the offense. If they had they admitted it during our meeting, I would not have allowed it.)
After the said meeting last year, it was learned that there are other incidents of bullying against her grandchild.
With the viral video, the child allegedly experienced trauma and refused to go to school, so they asserted they will not stop unless the incident has been addressed.
“Sa totoo lang, ang apo ko noong malaman na pati ang school nadamay, nalungkot siya. Nalungkot siya talaga kaya lang ayaw na niyang pumasok hangga’t nanduon yung ibang involve na kung hindi matatanggal yung talagang involved dyan,” said the victim’s grandmother.
(Actually, when my grandchild heard that the school is being dragged, she was saddened. She’s really sad about it but she refuses to return to school while the personalities involved are still there.)
The school administration assured it will investigate the incident anew and will give an opportunity for each party to explain their side.
On the other hand, the local government of Lucena City said they are more concerned about the video reposting as this may likely become an instrument to promote cyberbullying against the minors involved in the incident. — UNTV News & Rescue
DSWD to create module on bullying to spread awareness among parents
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will use the agency’s existing programs to remind parents to constantly teach their children good values, proper social skills and respect to others so as not to become a bully.
This is in connection with the recent bullying controversy involving a junior high school student from the Ateneo de Manila University.
According to Secretary Rolando Bautista, they are planning to create a module on bullying which they intend to teach parent-beneficiaries of the agency’s programs such as the Sustainable Development Livelihood Program, Social Pension and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Through the said programs, the DSWD is able to constantly interact with parents.
“Ang discipline kasi ng bata nakikita sa pamilya. Kaya dapat na-i-enhance natin o ang pagtuunan ng pansin ng DSWD ay ma-strengthen ang family ties at mapag-usapan itong ill effect ng bullying,” Bautista explained.
Meanwhile, Rep. Rayl Hernandez of Kabayan Party List suggests that the DSWD to exercise its oversight power on the incident since there was physical violence involved.
“In case our laws on juvenile justice and child welfare is found applicable, then he should also be subjected to it. In which case, the relevant agencies, particularly the DSWD, should step in and exercise oversight over the case,” Hernandez said.
Bautista, in response, said they are willing to step in should their participation on the investigation is required.
“Kapag na-tap ang DSWD, then why not,” the DSWD Secretary concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)
Father of minor in bullying video, not a cop – PNP chief
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde
MANILA, Philippines — The father of the junior high school student bullying his fellow student in a viral video is not a policeman.
This was confirmed by PNP chief Oscar Albayade in reaction to news reports alleging that the minor’s dad is a member of the Philippine National Police.
“May ikinakalat sila na ang ama daw ay pulis. Hindi po totoo na ang father noong bully na iyon ay pulis. I hope someday, that
person, that bully makakatugma din iyan. Makakatapat din iyan ng mga bully na ganyan,” said Albayalde.
The PNP chief said that they have not received any formal complaints from the families of the bully’s victims.
However, one of victims has already filed a blotter in a police station in Quezon City.
Albayalde ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate on how did the bully’s social media accounts has reached to 75. — UNTV News & Rescue
Taekwondo jin in viral bullying video suspended indefinitely by PTA
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) has imposed an indefinite suspension to the taekwondo jin involved in a viral bullying video of his fellow Ateneo de Manila University student.
Based on the official statement of PTA, the indefinite ban covers all Taekwondo activities.
The group said the student can be reinstated in the organization under a condition that he will undergo a supervised rehabilitation and counselling program.
The young practitioner, meanwhile, can be totally expelled from the association if he refused to undergo the process.
Amid the controversy, the PTA has appealed to the public to be mindful on commenting on the issue since it involves a minor. — UNTV News & Rescue