Fighting bullying in schools
By Katherine Evangelista
INQUIRER.net First Posted 13:57:00 08/15/2010
MANILA, Philippines—It has been nearly a decade ago but Anne (not her real name) still remembers how her third grade math teacher bashed her head onto the blackboard and demeaned her in front of the class after she failed to answer a math problem.
She did not tell her parents about the incident for fear that her teacher will fail her in the subject. But apart from the physical pain, Anne was more affected by the humiliation she got—enough so that she refused to go to school after the incident.
“Pinapagalitan ako ng mama at papa ko kasi ayaw ko na pumasok. Napahiya ako at nawalan ng tiwala sa sarili. Mula nun hindi na ako nag-recite ulit sa klase (My parents scolded me because I didn’t want to go to school again. I was humiliated and I lost confidence. After that I never participated in class recitations again),” Anne said in an interview.