Thursday, October 12, 2017
ILOILO City – Two weeks after figuring in a fistfight with a classmate who taunted him, an 11-year-old Grade 6 pupil of Leganes Elementary School hanged himself in Barangay Cari Minor, Leganes, Iloilo.
An elder sister found the boy hanging from the ceiling of their house.
The boy used a rope around his neck, said Senior Inspector Dadje Delima, Leganes police chief.
Police believed the boy committed suicide around lunchtime on Tuesday.
He asked permission from his mother, a vendor, to eat lunch at home, said Delima.
The boy failed to attend his afternoon classes.
The sister discovered her brother dead around 6 p.m.
Bullying may have driven the boy to kill himself, said Delima.
“He may have been really affected by the taunt in school that he was a witch. We are conducting an investigation and coordinating with school authorities to gather information,” said Delima.
Just this July, the Department of Education (DepEd) central office reminded administrators and teachers of both public and private elementary and high schools to ensure that incidents of child abuse and bullying in their schools were reported.
DepEd Memorandum No. 114 series of 2017 reiterated the “reportorial obligation” of schools, division offices and regional offices pursuant to DepEd Order No. 40 series or 2012 or the “Child Protection Policy”; the DO No. 55 series of 2013 of the “Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 10627 or the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013” and the DO No. 18 series of 2015 or the “DepEd Guidelines and Procedures on the Management of Children-At-Risk (CAR) and Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL).
Both public and private elementary and secondary schools shall submit accomplished reports on incidents of bullying, child abuse, and cases involving CAR and CICL in schools, according to Undersecretary Alberto Muyot.
Schools are also required to submit copies of school-based child protection policy and anti-bullying policy certifying their adoption of the CPC and report on the status of their established Child Protection Committee (CPC)./PN