Ateneo after "through investigation" expels bully student

Ateneo after "through investigation" expels bully student

It took days, but Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) has handed down the dismissal of Joaquin Montes who is the principal character in the bullying incident caught in several videos, which went viral on social media.

ADMU President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin SJ in a statement said that after “thorough investigation” and meeting with both parties concerned, the administration of the university decided to dismiss the bully student.

AJHS student in the bullying incident (photo credit to owner)

“The decision of the administration is to impose the penalty of dismissal on the student caught bullying another student in the comfort room of the school,” Villarin said Sunday.

“This means that he is no longer allowed to come back to the Ateneo,” the ADMU President added.

Fr. Villarin disclosed that he already talked to the families concerned regarding the decision of the university and offered support for them to overcome the incident.

Fr. Villarin, assured the public that the university will still conduct further investigations “as there are other matters involved in the incident.”

Bugbog o Dignidad?

The viral video that rocked social media about ADMU for the wrong reasons.

Last week a video went viral showing an Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS) student and a taekwondo gold medalist at that – kicking and punching a fellow student inside one of the campus comfort room.

Other videos subsequently surfaced online showing the same taekwondo student forcing other students to admit their idiocy and kiss his shoes.

ADMU officials had to swiftly take action regarding the matter.

“The Ateneo is very clear on its stand against bullying. There are already policies and processes codified in the Student Handbook, all in accord with existing legislation, but we still need to ensure that these policies and processes as well as the values they promote are internalized by all members of the community,”  Fr. Villarin said.

With this, Fr. Villarin said he has formed a Task Force to conduct a “comprehensive study” on the current situation of Ateneo as a school following the incident.
ADMU Statement (photo credit to owner)

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