DepEd probing alleged school bullying

The Department of Education is set to investigate the alleged bullying by a teacher during the first day of classes, its spokesperson, Michael Poa said Wednesday.

Poa said the school head was directed to submit an incident report, along with the Child Protection Policy Intake Sheet, to the Regional Director within 72 hours from the occurrence of the incident.

In a Facebook post on 22 August, Jeannie Vargas took to Facebook to vent her ire over how her 10-year-old niece was humiliated and bullied by a public school teacher for taking so long to write during classes.

Poa also said that the Schools Division Office officials already met with the parents of the learner last Tuesday, 23 August.

“During the meeting, the SDS (Schools Division Superintendent) emphasized that DepEd has a zero-tolerance policy against any form of abuse and explained the courses of action to be taken against the subject teacher,” he said.

The DepEd has also provided psychological intervention to the learner who has been traumatized by the incident.

“Psychological first aid was immediately given to the learner, by trained personnel from the school health section. Psychosocial status of the learner will be monitored,” Poa said.

The teacher, he added, will be subjected to administrative proceedings in accordance with the rules of the agency.

“The Department of Education takes these incidents very seriously,” he explained.

First time

Vargas said her niece, a Grade 5 student, was so excited to go to school because it was her first day and first time again to have face-to-face classes, only to be traumatized and went home crying.

“Posting this for awareness and as a reminder, especially to teachers and parents, because I am stunned today because of what happened to my niece,” she said in her post.

“Take note, her teacher whispered to her that she’s bobo (dumb). Too personal. My niece is very smart, always an honor student in her previous schools. So, for the protection of other children who become your students, we will do everything so that you don’t become someone else’s teacher,” she added.

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