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Teacher charged with child abuse

First Posted 08:26:00 09/27/2010

A teacher of a public elementary school in southern Cebu will face trial in court for allegedly maltreating her student.

The teacher was indicted for violating Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

In the complaint filed against her, the teacher was accused by a Grade Three student of inflicting ?physical and psychological? abuse.

Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Anabelle Robles found probable cause to elevate the charges against the teacher before the Regional Trial Court.

?There was no justification for the respondent to resort to physical as well as verbal abuse to discipline the child. As a teacher, respondent ought to bear in mind that she is called upon to raise future leaders of the country,? said Robles in her resolution.

Last July 12, the student filed a complaint against his teacher who allegedly inflicted harm on him.

The boy said there were instances when his teacher would hit his head with a book, pull his hair, and punish him for not doing his assignments.

Also, the teacher allegedly tore the report card of the complainant during a confrontation.

The teacher?s alleged abuses took place during the school year 2009-2010.

Under the law, child abuse is committed by ?any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being.?

In her counterafidavit, the teacher denied the allegations saying she never maltreated any of her students during her entire stint as a teacher.

She, however, admitted tearing the report card of the complainant whom she accused of continuously playing ?takyan? during class hours.

The teacher said the complainant ?has always been inattentive and does not participate in class.?

Since he could no longer endure the physical and psychological abuses by his teacher, the complainant decided to transfer to another school.

Based on the findings of psychologist Rosemarie Gonato, the complainant reportedly improved after being transferred to another school.

Gonato also said the complainant experienced psychological trauma while under the teacher?s supervision.


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