Aquino signs anti-bullying act-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
MANILA -- Bullying, including cyberbullying, will soon be outlawed in schools, after President Benigno Aquino III signed a law prohibiting bullying in elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
Signed into law by Aquino last September 6 was Republic Act 10627, which requires elementary and secondary schools to adopt policies to prevent and address bullying.
Under the law, bullying includes severe or repeated use by one or more students of an expression of gesture that causes the victim to fear for harm or damage.
It may be physical, written, verbal or electronic, and create a hostile environment at school for the other students.
The law's definition of bullying also includes violating the rights of other students at school; or disrupting the education process or the orderly preparation of a school.
School superintendents will have six months after the law becomes effective to draw up policies to address bullying.
Administrative sanctions on school administrators who fail to comply with the law will be drawn up by the Education Secretary. (JK/Sunnex)