Colegio San Agustin bans gun-poking parent

Posted at 09/21/12 11:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The father of a Colegio San Agustin (CSA) student has been banned from entering the premises of the exclusive Makati school following a gun-poking incident involving another student.

According to the school’s incident report, the parent and his driver went to CSA last August 30 to pick up his son from the clinic after his son was punched in the jaw by his classmate.

The parent then confronted his son’s classmate and slapped him.

The report said the parent then “assaulted him, grabbed the gun from his alleged driver and threatened [the student] with it.”

The gun-pointing incident was allegedly witnessed by several faculty members, identified in a police report as Mrs. Alicante, Ms. Jenny, Father Masana, Mr. Ignacio, and Ms. Cadangan.

The police report also quoted the father as saying: "You shouldn't go to a school, you're crazy. You should be in a mental institution…Do you want to fight me?"

School officials restrained the parent and alerted security guards to prevent the parent from leaving the campus.

However, the school report said the parent was still able to leave the premises.

The school’s discipline committee has recommended that “strong action” should be taken against the parent “for his misdeed of breaching the peace in the school environment and posing a threat to the safety of students and personnel.”

The school said an administrative investigation on the parent is being conducted.

Meanwhile, the students involved in the incident were suspended for 3 days.

The student who threw the punch claimed he was being bullied by two of his classmates and he retaliated.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has launched its own investigation into the incident.

Tightened security

Because of the incident, the school’s management said it has tightened security inside the campus.

There will be limited access of persons allowed within the premises and all bags will be subject to strict inspection at the gate.