About 10 students of Colegio San Agustin (CSA) Makati have been placed on preventive suspension. At the same time, the investigation into the fight incident on the campus is ongoing, the school’s spokesperson said this Wednesday.
According to Colegio San Agustin Spokesperson Joseph Noel Estrada, this is not yet the actual sanction or punishment for students involved in violence.
He said this is just a preventive measure to prevent the situation from worsening and to protect the minors. At the same time, they and their parents are also obligated to cooperate in the investigation.
“Dalawa iyong nagsuntukan based on the video that was circulating. Dalawa sila [who got] into a fistfight, but apparently hindi lang sila iyong involved doon, as there were other students who were also in the CR, who were watching or taking videos,” said Estrada.
“We’re treating everyone as students and, of course, they’ll be given due process. Mayroon naman tayong student handbook that will deal with these matters,” he added.
It is said that the school is also investigating how the cell phone that was used to take the viral video of the fight and the steel or brass knuckle used by the student got into it.
10 students suspended following fight at Colegio San Agustin Makati
“The idea of Grade 9 students having knowledge of what brass knuckle is and how they were able to access. Who sold that, where did they get it is also part of the investigation,” said Estrada.
The Department of Education (DepEd) is in contact with the school regarding the Colegio San Agustin incident, which the agency called “very concerning.”
“Ang DepEd ay reasonable supervision and regulation so ang contact natin dito is iyong school mismo. Unlike public schools na tayo mismo iyong nagi-investigate kasi empleyado po natin iyong mga teachers, iyong mga school heads. Pagdating naman po sa private schools, sila po iyong mismong magco-conduct ng investigation,” explained DepEd Spokesperson Michael Poa.
According to Poa, DepEd has a learner rights and protection office, which has an email and a hotline that can be sent to complain about any kind of violence or abuse in schools.
He also said that DepEd has zero tolerance for violence and that the agency is conducting an awareness and information drive to encourage victims to talk about the incidents without judgment.