Teacher owns up to hitting kids, says sorry

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


THE public school teacher in Badian, Cebu admitted he maltreated 10 of his pupils last November.

Jefferson Gornez, of Basak Elementary School, said he did not intend to hurt the children. He only wanted to discipline them.

He said he only whipped each pupil once with a small electrical wire.

“Before na nako gibuhat, kahibalo gyud ko daan nga masangit gyud ko ani (I knew I would get in trouble with this),” he said in a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report.

“I know in the first place nga sayop gyud ko ani, pero akong gisugal akong trabaho para madisiplina ang mga bata (But I took the risk to discipline the children).”

Gornez wondered why his pupils complained since he already settled the matter with their parents.

He said he already asked for forgiveness from the parents.

Before the incident, he said, he noticed the children playing with a motorcycle parked on the school ground.

Gornez told them to leave the vehicle, but some of the pupils flashed a dirty finger at him and showed him their fists.

He called their attention and disciplined them after the incident, he said.
Basak School Principal Felix Custodio said Gornez and the parents have already settled
the problem.

“He has no record of any wrongdoing before the incident,” Custodio told Sun.Star Cebu.

In an earlier report, one of the pupils told police Gornez hit them last Nov. 26 after the latter caught them playing outside the classroom.

They were playing because Gornez was allegedly late for their afternoon classes.

The following day, a grade five pupil accused Gornez of hitting him in the neck.

He tried to resist, but Gornez allegedly pushed him against a wall, hitting his head in the process.

Few hours later, three grade five pupils were also allegedly punched by Gornez after they were caught playing in front of his classroom.

Gornez said he will face any complaint that will be filed by the parents against him.

“Kon kinsa man ninyo ang ni-file og case against me, personally again mangayo kog pasaylo sa akong nabuhat (I apologize),” he said.

Some of the pupils who were allegedly hit by Gornez admitted they needed to be disciplined.

They said they were not whipped hard by their teacher with the electrical wire.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 12, 2014.

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