MANILA - A high school teacher in Cagayan de Oro was stabbed to death by her student on Tuesday, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
The victim was identified as Vilma Cabactulan, a teacher from Pedro "Oloy" N. Roa National High School. Authorities did not name the 15-year-old suspect.
Based on police investigation, the suspect held a grudge against Cabactulan due to her alleged constant reprimanding. Cabactulan also allegedly reprimanded the student for using a mobile phone inside the classroom and for always being absent.
Cabactulan was rushed to the hospital after her student attacked her around 8:30 a.m. She sustained three stab wounds in the back.
Cabactulan died in the hospital around 10 a.m.
The student immediately fled after the incident but surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon.
DepEd officials and the school principal immediately called for assistance to investigate the incident.
Students who witnessed the incident also underwent stress debriefing.
In a statement, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones expressed her grief over the incident.
"I am deeply saddened and disturbed that an incident such as this happened in a place of learning. The Department values the welfare and lives of all learners and employees and strives for a harmonious relationship among all members of the school community," she said.
DepEd also asked schools, families and communities to work together to raise emotionally, mentally, and socially adjusted children.
"Perhaps it is also high time that the mental health needs of both our teachers and students are given attention," Briones said.