Punch to the head kills bullied HS student

Posted at Aug 03 2012 10:41 AM | Updated as of Jan 20 2017 05:27 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - A 14-year-old high school student in Batangas died after being punched in the head by a schoolmate.

Victim Patrick, 14, was rushed to the hospital after being punched in the head by a 17-year-old student at the Fernando Airbase National High School.

Dr. Paul Javier, a pulmonologist at the N.L Villa Memorial Medical Center, said the victim was already brain dead due to intense swelling of the brain.

Patrick slipped into a coma and died on Thursday.

The victim's family are blaming the school for Patrick's death, saying the incident happened inside the school during class. They noted that the suspect had been bullying Patrick even before the punching incident.

The suspect is currently under detention. He is facing possible charges of serious physical injuries in relation to RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

The women's desk of the Lipa City police said the case is extremely sensitive because both victim and suspect are minors.

ABS-CBN Umagang Kay Ganda, August 3, 2012