Bacolod City Police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, yesterday ordered a thorough investigation into the alleged hazing of a high school student of a university in the city last week.
The mother of the 16-year-old victim told the police that she saw a slap-mark on her son’s face Thursday last week and when she asked him about it, the boy replied that he only had an allergy.
The following day, the mother noticed that her son could barely walk when he arrived home and when they checked, they saw several hematomas on his thighs, she added.
Her son then admitted that he underwent hazing as part of initiation rites of a fraternity at a residence in a subdivision in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, the mother also said.
The mother sought the help of the BCPO Women’s and Children’s Complaints Desk, where the investigator advised her to secure a medical report on the extent of her son’s injuries, WCCD head, Insp. Jovy Cabcaban, said yesterday.
Cabcaban said they have already identified one of the seven leaders of the fraternity who inflicted injuries on the victim. She added that the leader of the fraternity that they have identified happens to be the victim’s schoolmate and an alleged member of their football varsity team.
De la Paz said that, if proven guilty, those who were involved in the alleged hazing will be charged for violation of Republic Act 8094. He also stressed that infliction of physical harm to admit someone into a fraternity or organization is illegal.
The penalties will not only be for those who initiated the physical harm, those who have organized the initiation rites and the officials of the fraternity will also be held criminally liable, De la Paz said.
The BCPO police community relations office will conduct symposiums against hazing in different schools to raise awareness that it is illegal, he added.
De la Paz said the parents should be responsible, and should closely supervise their children and know their peers.*APN