BACOLOD CITY — Local policemen are probing the alleged hazing that claimed the life of a Grade 10 student in San Enrique, Negros Occidental last week.
Police withheld the name of the victim, who just turned 18 on Sept. 3.
According to Police Lt. Sammy Gasataya, deputy police chief of San Enrique Municipal Police Station, the victim was recruited to join a fraternity in March this year.
However, he did not undergo an initiation or hazing because he was just 17 at that time.
Gasataya said three male teenager-members of a fraternity went to the victim’s house on Sept. 3 and had a drinking session with him.
They then left the house and the victim went home with lame legs early the following day, Gasataya said.
On Sept. 8, the victim had fever but his parents did not bring him to a hospital, assuming he just had a minor injury, Gasataya said.
The following day, the victim felt severely ill, and later died. But, before he died, he was able to tell his parents that he was recruited to join a fraternity and that he was paddled during an initiation on Sept. 4 to welcome him as a new member of the group, Gasataya said.
Gasataya said the parents only reported the incident to the police on September 11.
Gasataya said that the post mortem examination result of the victim showed hematoma on his buttocks.
A follow-up operation was then conducted which led to the three persons, who were last seen with him on the night of Sept.3.
Gasataya said the paddle used during the initiation, was recovered from the house of one of the alleged suspects.
He said the three suspects denied the allegations against them during the investigation.