School officials, parents may be made to answer for Ateneo high school bully, says PNP

Ateneo junior high school student Joaquin Montes / photo compiled from Facebook

Manila, Philippines - After a video of a junior high school  student in Ateneo went viral in social media showing how he used his martial arts skills on another student earned the irk of many netizens.

The student was identified as Joaquin Montes, a Taekwondo champion. Though Facebok had already deleted the shared videos, netizens are more determined by compiling more videos to let the public know.

People are also calling on the school officials to act on the matter before a student like Montes could bully others.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) for its part said that school officials and parents of Montes could be made to answer for his actions.

"Hindi nangyari 'yun na ganun-ganun lang. Maaaring meron siyang experiences na pinagdadaanan kaya ganoon siya," said Senior Superintendent Gemma Vinluan of the PNP Women and Children's Protection Center.

The Ateneo adminisration, on the other hand, has issued its statement about the incident and appealed to the public to stop furthre spreading of the video for the privacy of the minors involved.

The Department of Education's Director of Legal Services has also seen the viral video and said that it was the first time a student is caught in a video beating and humiliating his schoolmates.
"May galit at saka lungkot, kasi siguro galit kasi bakit kailangan pa it happened three times? Siguro nung once, may nakapag-report na, at kung na-ireport, may nagawa ba ang school?," said Attorney Suzette Medina, director of DepEd legal services said.

The DepEd is now monitoring the actions of the said school regarding the incident but won't intervene since Ateneo is a private school.

Source: GMA News

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