Ateneo De Manila University has released its decision on the Ateneo bullying video, and the student caught bullying will face the penalty of dismissal.
The statement read: "This means he is no longer allowed to come back to the Ateneo. I have spoken to the parents of both students about this decision and have offered the families continued support to help them overcome this difficult time."
The statement, made by University president Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ, also mentioned that the investigation is not yet over, "as there other matters involved in the incident." It did not elaborate further.
In a previous article, we said we hoped this incident, which has angered the Filipino public by its violent content and the fact it happened on school grounds, will make schools pay attention and take a second (and third) look at their anti-bullying measures. Parents have long complained about the frustration and helplessness with how schools respond to issues of bullying.
According to the statement, Ateneo is definitely taking a hard look at its present anti-bullying measures. A task force has been created to conduct "a comprehensive study of the current situation" with a goal to "prevent a culture of silence from harming our students and encourage everyone to speak up against bullying."