10 kids tag teacher of hitting them

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


A TEACHER from a public elementary school has been accused of maltreatment by 10 students in separate occasions in the southern town of Badian, Cebu.

PO3 Josefina Beriarmente, head of the Badian Police Station’s Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD), said the two incidents took place in November inside the school premises.

It only came to light last Friday after the Cebu Provincial Government received a report of the alleged abuse done by the grade six teacher-adviser.

Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the teacher’s name until he is charged or has issued a statement on the allegations.

Beriarmente said the first incident took place on Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. where he allegedly whipped six of his students with an electrical wire.

One of the students, when interviewed by the police, said they decided to play outside the classroom since the teacher has not arrived yet for their afternoon class.

When they saw the teacher, they immediately went back inside, but they were told instead to fall in line in front of his table. The students, ages 12, were then struck with an electrical wire, Beriarmente said.

On Nov. 27, a grade five student told the police that the same teacher clipped him in the neck using his (teacher) elbow. It happened at 9:30 a.m. during a recess while he was watching his schoolmates playing outside.

The student said he attempted to resist, but the teacher allegedly pushed him into a wall, hitting his head in the process.

Few hours later, three grade five students were also allegedly punched by the teacher after they were caught playing in front of the teacher’s classroom.

The students, ages 11, said they were also watching the teacher’s advisory class that tackled about cultivating a garden. The teacher allegedly angrily came to them and punched them.

Beriarmente, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said one of the students didn’t go to school for a week, while another one was planning to quit school.

Several days after the incidents, the teacher reportedly met with the parents and sought forgiveness for what he did.

Today, the students will undergo a medical and psychological examination at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

The families of the five students plan to file a complaint against the teacher for violating Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

Beriarmente said the students did not report the incident to the police because the teacher is a neighbor.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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