WATCH: Video captures bullying incident at Tanza high school

A bullying incident at Tanza National Comprehensive High School in Cavite was captured in a disturbing video. Viewer discretion is advised.
The 1-minute, 13-second clip was posted on Facebook in mid-December last year, but sources said the incident happened back in July 2015.

In the video, two female students are seen having an altercation. When the verbal exchange heated up because those around them teased a fight, the more agressive one identified as Carmela throws a punch.


Tanza High School Incident. Kabataan Ngayon Sakit Ng Ulo Sa Bayan
Tanza National High School Incident. Kabataan Ngayon Sakit Ng Ulo Sa Bayan
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The video already got more than 50,000 views on Facebook as of 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

According to Mrs. Mel Bendo Agpawa, a teacher from TNCHS, the case has been closed.

"The school authorities have already acted on this matter the day after it happened...July 2015...The girl (bully) was subsequently kicked-out and the parents of the other girl have filed a legal case against her," she posted.

"Our school is one of the performing schools all over the country with more than 5,000 students and this is just one the isolated cases of students' misconduct...True that this is a disgrace to our school but this incident occurred beyond class hours so before judging the teachers as well as the school, we must also "consider" outside factors, like family, peers and the community as well...You may check the records of our school if you doubt what I say...I just want you to be aware that "we" don't tolerate students' misbehavior," she explained.

When somebody tagged her on the video in July, Agpawa said she made her own investigation and learned that their guidance counselors were already working on it and eventually made the decision.

"It turned out good and beneficial to the one bullied," she added, and then congratulated their guidance counselors.

In 2014, the Department of Education (DepEd) created Child Protection Committees in school divisions since the institutionalization of the Anti-Bullying Act (Republic Act 10627) a year earlier.

The law called, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of which can be viewed here, advanced the department's existing Child Protection Policy (CPP).

According to education secretary Armin Luistro, the objective of the CPP is to promote zero-tolerance policy for any act of child exploitation, violence, discrimination, and other forms of abuse.

"The enactment of the Anti-Bullying Act paved the way for a heightened awareness against child abuse. The inclusive nature of the Act now mandates all elementary and secondary schools—public and private—to adopt policies to address bullying in their institutions in order to provide a safer environment for students," he said in a press release.

Luistro urged the public to participate actively in reporting cases of bullying against students in public schools to the CPC so appropriate actions could be taken.

H/T: Sassan Benitez