MANILA The Philippine National Police (PNP) has urged victims of bullying and their families to report such incidents to school administrations to address violence involving schoolchildren.
Supt. Kimberly Molitas, PNP deputy spokesperson, said Friday under the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013, it is originally the school administrators' job to take the first action in resolving cases of bullying in their areas of jurisdiction.
"We, of course, encourage families or victims or children na huwag matakot to report kung nabu-bully sila, sa kanilang mga school administrators para maaksyunan at mabigyan sila ng kaukulang tulong ng school administrator and, if needed, ng ating law enforcers (We, of course, encourage families or victims or children not to be afraid to report to authorities if they are being bullied so that they can be given assistance by the school administrators and, if needed, by our law enforcers)," Molitas said when sought for a comment on online videos of an alleged mauling incident in a Quezon City school involving high school students.
The PNP also called on the school administration to expedite the investigation on the incident as she asked the public to refrain from sharing the videos of bullying online since it will do more harm than good later on.
"I think we have to allow the independence of the school administration to do the process or do the initial investigation. On our part, it is better if the action would be fast for us to determine what really happened," Molitas said.
She added that since the video of the bullying incident has been circulating, the PNP wants to help Ateneo in its plea to stop its spread as it is important to give privacy both to the perpetrator and the victim.
Molitas said that the public should keep in mind that these are all children and that appropriate intervention is what we should give them immediately.
She said the PNP will be ready to assist them should the management of the school elevate the case to higher authorities, including to the police.
"We have the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013 that defines the procedure on how we go about bullying and it was stated there that the first action shall be taken by the school administrators," Molitas told reporters in an interview in Camp Crame.
The viral videos showed a much smaller student, reportedly a taekwondo practitioner, verbally and physically attacking another student. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency