'Parent is a public official' - ADDU
MANILA - The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) will be taking actions against a parent who threatened one of its teachers after his child received low grades.
In a statement released Thursday, ADDU President Fr. Joel Tabora said that the university "is a safe zone not only for students but also for its teachers who ought to be able to teach and give out grades accordingly, free from intimidation and threats from parents or any related persons or personalities."
"Parental bullying based on public office or on one's legal profession has no place at ADDU nor in any school, public or private, in the Philippines," Tabora said.
Although the statement did not disclose the name of the parent, he was described as a lawyer and public servant.
Tabora also clarified that there was no gun involved in the incident, as earlier reported by other media outlets.
However, the school said the incident was reprehensible as statements intended to intimidate were made.
"When a parent accompanied by relatives and body guards comes in brandishing statements like 'WE ARE A FAMILY OF LAWYERS AND KILLERS!' or 'WE CAN TAKE DOWN THIS SCHOOL' — these are statements the ADDU as a University can only take very seriously as they threaten the safety and security of its personnel," Tabora said.
He said the parent, as a public official, is expected to be an exemplar for the society "whose public office is not to be regarded as license to strong-arm teachers into doing what the public servant demands."
"Especially when said public official is also a member of the Philippine Bar where public displays of arrogant intimidation such as this one rightfully deserve sanctions as they run contrary to their Lawyer's Oath," Tabora said.
Complaints and requests for reconsideration of grades are common this time of the year, he said. But the university has existing procedures that a student may wish to avail in order that he or she can be heard before an appropriate body. He added that there are also times when parents are given the opportunity to air their concerns through a healthy dialogue.
“Once in a while though, our teachers and administrators face extraordinary circumstances that deserve to be brought to the attention of the public — to send the message that this institution and its personnel will not cower in the face of bullies,” the statement said.
READ: ADDU's statement here.