Colegio San Agustin accused of tolerating bullying

By Ces Oreña-Drilon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2012 10:48 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2012 06:48 AM

CSA admin promises to answer issues next week

MANILA, Philippines – Another parent of a bullying victim from Colegio San Agustin in Makati has surfaced.

“Ed Reyes” (not his real name) is the father of four Colegio San Agustin (CSA) students.

He asked that his real name not be disclosed because his two youngest kids are still enrolled in the school.

Reyes transferred his two elder sons after they became victims of bullying.
Reyes was shocked and angry after watching the interview of the school's latest bullying victim, Jaime Garcia, because his son went through the same ordeal four years ago.

“I had goosebumps, I had cold sweats and I felt very angry inside because it reminded me of what happened to my first son,” he said.

In August 2008, Reyes reported bullying incidents his son suffered as a grade 7 student to CSA authorities.

The school promised to act on the case but nothing happened. 

Four years since the incident, the perpetrators are still enrolled in CSA.

“The mere fact that they didn’t even suspend the kid who hit my son as stated in their handbook is an indication that this is all lip service. I don’t think they are serious enough,” said Reyes.

Reyes says his son was teased and called names, his school bag cut up, his school supplies kept and stolen, and his food spat on.

This made his son jittery and nervous. He also suffered bouts of insomnia.

Because of the school's inaction, they opted to transfer their boy to a new school, where he is faring well.

But March this year, his third son fell victim to bullying as well.

“A milkshake was thrown in his face in the presence of other kids. His head was banged on the table a couple of times and banged on the floor three times. Again, I freaked out,” Reyes said.

Reyes went through the formal channels again, but to no avail.

“They have not lifted a finger, they have not done anything. What are they there for? Just basically to educate and collect money? What about the future of these kids? Are they sensible enough to know what's going on right under their very noses? The mere mention of the school to my son freaks him out,” he said.

Reyes said bully victims should stop becoming collateral damage from Colegio San Agustin's apparent apathy.

He is joining other parents to combat bullying, which has become this father's advocacy.

The CSA administration promises a spokesperson will face the public next week to answer the allegations. -- ANC