AFTER more than 10 years of waiting, a then grade V schooler grandson of newspaper columnist Cris Ibon, finally got his elusive justice when Department of Education (DepEd) authorities a few days ago suspended an elementary school teacher for hitting the child in the face with an encyclopedia inside their classroom in Batangas City.
Aside from a one month and one day suspension for misconduct, Segunda Yolanda Cullar, a teacher at the Batangas South Elementary School residing in Bgy. Cuta, Batangas City, is also facing charges for violation of Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse).
The criminal case was filed before the sala of Judge Florencio Arellano of the Batangas City Regional Trial Court.
Deped Region 4-A director Diosdado San Antonio warned the respondent that a repetition of the same offense shall be dealt with more severely.
The case stemmed from the complaint of Ibon’s eldest daughter, Charisma Ibon of Dolor Subdivision, Batangas City.
Assisted by their counsel, former RTC judge and Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) chief Edgar Mendoza, Charisma, a solo parent, accused Cullar of hitting her only child in the face with a book at 10 a.m. on January 12, 2009 during class.
Cullar reportedly hit the boy’s face after she got irked when the elementary school pupil, laughed and mimicked the song of Bear Brand Milk.