Parent of another CSA bullying victim surfaces

from a report by Ces Oreña-Drilon, ABS-CBN

Posted at Oct 02 2012 09:31 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2012 05:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Another case of bullying in Colegio San Agustin in Makati has surfaced.

The said incident took place 3 years ago, with the victim's father saying the school took no action.

The son of “Boy Santos” (not his real name) was a third year high school student at the Colegio San Agustin when he became a victim of bullying.

Santos says his son brought a new guitar to school which a classmate--the son of a politician--wanted to borrow.

When his son said no, the classmate supposedly took the guitar by force and used it to hit his son in the ear.

The classmate also had a knife, which the teacher later confiscated.

“My son was cut in the ears and he was bleeding profusely. We spent 4 to 5 days in the hospital,” the parent said.

Santos then had a meeting with the school's officials, including Fr. Julian Mazana, the high school principal.

Santos says Fr. Mazana appealed to him not to file charges anymore, assuring him that the school will give the student proper sanctions.

But nothing happened.

“My son gained then distrust for authority,” Santos said.

Three years later, Santos decided to finally come out to show that what happened to Jamie Garcia, another CSA student and victim of bullying, is not an isolated case.

During a meeting led by the Department of Education (DepEd), Fr. Mazana and Fr. Horacio Rodriguez, and the grade school principal kept silent and left the talking to their lawyer.

The school denied allegations that they did not do anything about the incidents.

But according to Education Undersecretary Lino Rivera, the actions taken by the school were simply not enough.

“We have pointed out some of their lapses, some things they should have done better which they acknowledged and they said they will take corrective measures,” said Rivera.

The school maintains they kept the incidents under wraps to protect the identity of the minors involved.

A reason, which the DepEd says, is not an excuse for their failure to inform the parents and students about the actions taken by the school against bullying. -- ANC