POLICE found negative for illegal drug use the minor-killer, even as murder case has already been filed against the 15-year-old student who killed his own teacher in Barangay Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City.
The 9th grader pupil, name withheld, stabbed to death his 43-year-old mentor Vilma Cabactulan during class hours at Pedro O’loy’ N. Roa High School in Barangay Canitoan on September 13.
“But he’s been found negative for shabu and marijuana use after the drug test conducted on him last Wednesday,” Senior Inspector Arvies Altiche, Police Station 7 commander, told SunStar Cagayan de Oro.
Altiche, however, said that some of the perpetrator’s classmates might be implicated in the murder charges.
“We have already secured affidavits of witnesses to support investigation on two other minors who have possible participation in the plan to kill the hapless victim who sustained at least three stab wounds,” Altiche said.
Altiche said they learned that the minor suspect is a member of a gang called "bloods" but seen no records of other crime involvement.
"Naka-receive kami ng information na member siya ng bloods na gang but as to other crime involvement wala kaming information," Altiche said.
The "bloods" gang has been known for its rivalry with another street gang called "creeps".
Altiche said these gangs are known for initiating troubles and street violence.
Joshua Taboclaon, Canitoan village chief, said the troubles and street conflicts between the two warring groups in the barangay have noticeably declined compared in the past.
"Dili naman kaayo gayud ang away-away anang duha ka mga gang dinhi sa una hinoon kay karon sige naman roving ang police," Taboclaon said.
Taboclaon has suspicions that the suspect has been using illegal drugs and had used "shabu" before the incident happened.
"Gaduda ako kay naa amigo nga addict posible gagamit pud siya. Kato nga hitabo dili to basta-basta. Naa ko impormasyon nga nag-shabu kadto before nahitabo," Taboclaon said.
Altiche said the school administration of Canitoan National High School has conducted its own probe with the Police Station 7 personnel just waiting for a school request for an intensified security police detail.
Altiche said the police has been relentless in holding symposia and fora in schools on crime prevention tips and drug awareness.
The station chief advised the teachers to be cautious and urged them to check the bags of the students to thwart a possible entry of any deadly weapons.
"Dapat i-report sa police kung may mapansin silang di kanais-nais sa mga estudyante para magawan ng programa sa level ng police," Altiche said.
In a related development, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Northern Mindanao is contemplating to review policies in academic institutions.
Dr. Allan Farnazo, DepEd-Northern Mindanao regional director, said the education department has to review policies such as child protection and practices on how to deal with students in schools.
"Kung tan-awon nimo naay mga pangutana ngano nakasulod ang knife sa school. DepEd is thinking at providing what's meant for our schools so that a repetition of same incident can be avoided,” Farnazo said.