According to a TV Patrol report, the 12-year-old boy identified as Ben (real name kept private for being a minor) was traumatized after a newly-hired teacher punished him for not following the daily sweepers schedule in their classroom at San Isidro National High School in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.
Witnesses said the student was exposed to the extreme heat of the sun for three minutes, with bottle caps placed on his arms and forehead to keep him looking up.
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Isang Istudyanteng (7) pitong taong gulang pinarusahan ng kanyang tetser at itoy binilad sa init ng araw. SAN ISIDRO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBMANAN CAMARINES SUR!!!
Aba aba maaam pwede ka naman dumeceplena sa anak ng ibang tao. Eh didapat ganyan... or kung may mali studyante mo. Dapat pinatawag mo mga magulang nila.. hindi po sa ganyang paraan kahit papaano masasaktan din ang magulang ng bata!!
It was Head Teacher 1 Erlinda Aycardo who intervened to stop the punishment.
In an interview, she said the teacher apologized and got reconciled with the student. However, the latter's grandmother, Salvacion Bañas, did not accept the apology. His father, Alex Portin, wants the teacher out of the school so that he will not repeat what had happened and others won't follow.
Some students captured the incident on camera but the videos were immediately deleted allegedly on orders of the school administration. However, one clip made its way online and went viral after it was posted by Facebook user River Cruz to condemn the teacher's act.
The incident is being investigated by the Department of Education. DepEd-Bicol spokesman Roy Bañas said cases of this kind cannot be settled easily between the parents and school as there are policies that should be followed.
DepEd Camarines Sur said newly-hired teachers will undergo a child protection policy training to prevent the incident from happening again, according to the report.
If you were Ben's parents, what would you do?