St Scho alumnae eye legal action vs cyber bullies

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St Scho alumnae eye legal action vs cyber bullies
'Those who have attacked these young Scholasticans by way of threats, harassment, hurtful comments and cyber bullying are the ones who are committing child abuse'

MANILA, Philippines – Concerned alumnae of St Scholastica’s College (SSC) are eyeing legal action against online commenters who have threatened students who participated in a protest against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

The SSC students had joined a protest called the People’s Noise Barrage last Friday, November 18, which was organized by their school. Photos of the students were posted online, and critics accused SSC of child abuse and brainwashing. The critics also targeted the students themselves.

“Those who have attacked these young Scholasticans by way of threats, harassment, hurtful comments and cyber bullying are the ones who are committing child abuse,” said the statement signed by a thousand SSC alumnae, which was released Wednesday, November 23.

“We have taken note of the identity of these individuals and are considering the best possible legal remedies to protect these children and their rights.”

The alumnae also expressed alarm over the “false reports” which they said triggered the attacks.

“We condemn the attacks against our alma mater claiming that young Scholasticans are being abused and forced to protest to advance a political agenda,” they said.

“We urge netizens to be vigilant and cautious of this negative propaganda.”

Read the alumnae’s full statement:

Eighth grader Shibby Lapeña De Guzman, one of the students who participated in the protest, earlier responded to critics and denied they were forced to join the protest.
To one Facebook commenter, she replied: “Please do not underestimate the youth. We completely know and understand the injustice we are protesting against.”
Her mother, Melay Lapeña, also made it clear that SSC “always informs parents about activities, whether on- or off-campus.” Protests, Lapeña added, “are not required” and “have no bearing on the students’ academic standing.” – Rappler.com

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