Badian teacher charged for hurting kids

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


FOR allegedly hurting their children, two parents charged a public school teacher in Badian town before the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office last Thursday afternoon.

They filed their complaints against Jefferson Gornez of Basak Elementary School for allegedly violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

The Cebu Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC) and Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children assisted the parents in the filing of the complaints.

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PWC Consultant Heddah Largo accompanied complainants Juana and Maria (real names withheld) in filing their complaints.

RA 7610 defines child abuse as maltreatment of a minor, which includes “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity
of a child as a human being.”

In her affidavit, Juana said her 11-year-old son told her that he was allegedly clipped in the neck by Gornez last Nov. 27.

Gornez allegedly pushed Mason (real name of the son withheld) toward the wall and punched his jaw.

Juana learned about the incident from a neighbor whose son was also allegedly maltreated by Gornez.

Mason said in his affidavit that he ran after he was allegedly hurt by the teacher.

“My head that was bumped on the wall was too painful,” he said. “I then stopped outside the grade four room and I cried.”

Gornez was reported to the police after he allegedly maltreated 10 pupils.

He admitted he hurt the kids after he saw them playing on his motorcycle. But he said he did not hit them hard with an electrical wire.

In a separate affidavit, 12-year-old Dickson (real name withheld) said he was allegedly hit in the back by Gornez with an electrical wire last Nov. 26.

Gornez accused his relative’s female partner of manipulating the parents of his pupils to file a complaint against him.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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