By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Saturday sought a stop on the online bashing of a junior high school student of the Ateneo de Manila University who allegedly bullied a fellow student.
“We are dealing with young adolescent boys who have a long, long way to grow and become responsible and useful human beings,” said the Ateneo alumnus and former law professor of the university.
Guevarra urged the public to let the school and the parents of the students involved in the bullying incident settle the matter among themselves.
“This is something for the Ateneo and the parents of their students to deal with,” he said.
“Let us show some kindness and understanding,” he added.
Citing personal experience, Guevarra recounted that he himself has met bullies during his childhood.
“I know of many bullies in my childhood who later became good and virtuous men, some of them leaders in lofty positions,” Guevarra said.
A video has been going viral, showing a smaller student verbally assaulting and beating up a much taller and bigger larger fellow student inside the comfort room of the school.
Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) President Jose Ramon Villarin already gave a statement assuring that the incident is being investigated.
“Let me be very clear: The school does not condone such behavior. We have our codified standards of conduct and all students are made aware of these and their rights and responsibilities. The school is not silent on its stand on violence and it will not hesitate to impose the penalty of dismissal or even expulsion in cases of grave misconduct,” he stated in the university’s Facebook page.