'Bully' teachers to face sanctions - DepEd
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CEBU CITY – The anti-bullying policy of the Department of Education (DepEd) also applies to teachers, an official said.
DepEd Mandaue City administrative officer Benjamin Tiongson said teachers who humiliate erring students may face administrative liabilities under DepEd Order 40, Series 2012, or DepEd’s Child Protection Policy.
What constitutes bullying?
Ordering them to stand in the corner and face the wall may be considered bullying, Tiongson said.
This is because this form of punishment can also lead to bullying from classmates, he explained.
He said this can cause trauma, mental anguish, and emotional disturbance, which can affect the student’s academic performance.
”Some victims of bullying refuse to eat for days and suffer from low morale and self-pity,” he said.
Options for teachers with unruly pupils
Tiongson advised teaches to bring unruly students to the guidance counselor, instead of punishing them in class.
Students with disabilities are often targets of bullying, Tiongson noted.
And as with unruly students, bullies should be brought to guidance counselors, he said.
Bullies will receive a warning and reprimand for the first and second offense, respectively, and one0week suspension for the third offense.
While facing suspension, the student will be made to report to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for counseling.
For the fourth offense, parents of the bully will have to report to the school’s guidance office together with their child.
DepEd issued the Child Protection Policy guidelines May last year.
DepEd developed the guidelines in partnership with civil society groups, teachers’ groups, private and public school representatives, and international agencies.
Under the guidelines, all public and private elementary and secondary schools should establish a Child Protection Committee composed of school officials, teachers, parents, students, and community representatives.