Editorial: Beyond boundaries

A YOUNG boy has been operated on just yesterday after being mauled by a gang of upper class students just outside Davao City National High School (DCNHS) last March 15, 2018.

The beating up was done just outside, the school guards within hailing distance.

The boy in fact asked for help, but the guards kept their distance. According to the boy's mother, who was the one who reached out to SunStar Davao through its Facebook page, the guard said the mauling happened outside the campus.

This is where comprehension escapes us. True, guards will always stand fast on the orders of the administration, but this is no longer about orders and protocols; this is about being human. By claiming that the incident happened outside and is therefore outside their area of responsibility reeks of callousness, a callousness any parent would fear to find in anyone tasked to secure their children.

The least school administrations can tell their guards is to have compassion.

If what the mother says is true, where she claimed the guards only told her son to get back at the attackers otherwise he will no longer have any chance to do so since classes has already ended, then what we are seeing are guards who are callous to the children they are supposed to be providing security for.

That DCNHS prefers to hide behind a safe statement assuring "that Davao City National High School adheres to the issuances and orders of the Department of Education with regards to cases involving students" somehow does not give much assurance.

The mother is right in raising her concern. What will stop other students from ganging up on another helpless student and go scot-free even if the guard is just out there, watching? That is a scary scenario for any parents, much more because the hapless boy in this instance will be undergoing an operation on his jaw. It wasn't just any bullying act that the boy cried help for, it was a mauling incident that the guards did not find worth their time.

We cannot let this incident go unnoticed. We cannot just forget about this. The least we can do is hold the school accountable, and push them into action. Punishment for the miscreants and policy changes to ensure that no other child undergoes what this boy went through is top of the list.
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