The Department of Education (DepEd) in Dumaguete City has ordered teachers in the city to explain the ongoing siege in Marawi City to students following reports that student-evacuees were being bullied.
One seventh-grader named "Sarah" has refused to go back to the Junob National High School where she is currently enrolled after several students on Tuesday allegedly called her a member of the local extremist group Maute.
Sarah was also reportedly asked by students in the school regarding the crisis in Marawi City, but the young girl could not answer due to trauma.
Thousands of civilians were displaced after clashes between state forces and extremists from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups erupted on May 23.
More than 300,000 residents have fled the conflict-zone as government forces pursued an offensive to quell the terrorists.
DepEd Dumaguete City schools governance operations chief, Dr. Nelson Caday has already issued a memorandum calling on all teachers in the city to explain to their students the ongoing conflict in Marawi City and to remind them of the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.
Caday said school officials were serious on their campaign against bullying and even asked their students to recite the anti-bullying pledge after the flag ceremony.
Teachers at the Junob National High School has already signed the memorandum. Its officer-in-charge, Ruel Torres, said the school would suspend students who would attempt to bully transferees from Marawi City as part of the school's implementation of the law.
There are currently 27 student-evacuees from Marawi enrolled in Dumaguete City schools.
They are scattered in five schools namely the West City Elementary School, Junob National High School, Taclobo High School, Cadawinonan Elementary School, and Babajuba Elementary School.