MANILA, Philippines – After more than a month of suffering the silence of Colegio San Agustin (CSA), the parents of Jamie Garcia can now heave a sigh of relief.
They were met by CSA officials who assured them that the school would support the criminal case they filed against Allan Bantiles, the father of Garcia’s classmate.
Bantiles allegedly poked a gun at their son inside the school campus last August 30.
“We are very grateful that they say that they will be our partners in filing the suit,” said Garcia’s mother Toni.
The Garcia couple says Bantiles had asked for their forgiveness through his wife, who pledged he would even seek anger management therapy as a sign of his remorse.
But the Garcias are bent on pursuing their case in court
“Hindi siguro kami papatawariin ng anak namin kung ‘di namin siya ipaglalaban,” said Garcia’s father Mike.
The lawyer of Bantiles, Atty. Richard Nethercott, would not confirm the offer, only saying his client will cooperate with the school to resolve the incident.
CSA, meanwhile, is still determining whether Jamie is a victim of bullying.
His parents insist that his assault on his classmates was a result of taunting for over a month.
On past bullying cases, the school’s officials said it had acted on them with sanctions slapped on offenders.
But some fathers of former students whose sons were bullying victims were dismayed by the school's claim.
They maintained that no action was taken against the aggressors.
CSA says their long silence on the issue should not be misinterpreted.
Among the measures the school will implement to combat bullying are the creation of a child protection committee and the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras around the campus. -- ANC