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Wag tularan! Lucena Mayor Dondon Alcala laments bullying incident in his alma mater

Mar 3, 2018 @ 12:15

It’s bad enough that there was a bullying incident in his alma mater, but the moment was caught on camera and even went viral, according to Lucena Mayor Roderick “Dondon” Alcala.

Alcala deplored the incident at the Sacred Heart College, where a student was seen on video slapping and cursing a schoolmate. The video was shared on Facebook and watched by millions.

The mayor said the two students’ squabble should have been addressed privately or by the community or school, instead of being widely shared online.

He noted that the student who did the slapping and cursing is now being subjected to cyberbullying as well. But people should remember that the persons involved in the incident are all minors and do not deserve further abuse especially by anonymous commenters, he said.

Ridiculing the parties involved online will not help, and would just propagate the culture of bullying, he further warned.

He commended the school for taking action on the incident.

But all of us should take the lesson from this to heart: in condemning bullying, we should take care not to become bullies ourselves!

“Kaugnay po ng nakaraang insidente ng bullying sa ating Alma Mater, Sacred Heart College, tayo po ay nalulungkot sapagkat umabot pa sa mas malawak na mundo ng social media ang mga bagay na maayos pa sanang mapag-uusapan sa komunidad.

Umabot na po sa mahigit 6 million ang viewers ng nasabing video at sadyang marami tayong mga kababayan na nagalit at nadismaya sa nangyari. Ang mas higit na nakakabahala ay nagiging instrumento na rin ng cyber bullying ang iba nating mga kababayan. Dapat po nating tandaan na ang batang nambully sa kanyang schoolmate ay isa ring bata, isang menor de edad. Ang paglalagay o pagrerepost po ng mga larawan sa social media ay hindi makakatulong o magpapatigil sa karahasan bagkus ay manghihikayat pa ito ng karagdagang pag-abuso.

Ang bullying po sa loob o labas man ng mga eskwelahan ay hindi kinukunsinti bagkus ay dapat ipatigil. Pinasasalamatan po natin ang namamahala sa Sacred Heart sa agarang pag-aksyon sa insidenteng ito sangkot ang mga kabataan ng Lucena. Marapat lamang na gawin ng namamahala ang karampatang aksyon at hindi na muling gawin pa ang ganoong insidente ng mga nasasangkot.

Muli po nating ipinaaalala sa lahat ang pagmamahal at paggabay sa ating mga kabataan. Suportang dapat maibigay hindi lang ng pamilya kundi maging ng mismong komunidad, sa aktwal man o sa social media.

No to bullying,” the mayor posted on Facebook.

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