Owner, admin of private school in CamSur in hot water over burning of students’ bags out of anger

Bags and stuff of some senior high school students of a private school in Camarines Sur were reportedly burned on Friday as per the order of the owner of the institution
• A video and photos of the incident went viral on social media
• The owner of the school was reported to be a former Municipal Councilor and an incumbent Provincial Board Member

Bags and stuff of some senior high school students of Bicol Central Academy in Libmanan, Camarines Sur were reportedly burned on Friday, August 17, 2017 as per the order of the owner of the institution.

In a post that has been circulating on social media, Jonathan Vega Magistrado shared that the owner of the school, former Municipal Councilor and incumbent Provincial Board Member Alexander James Jaucian, was so mad he ordered for the bags of the involved students to be burned by a staff.

Image capture of post by Jonathan Vega Magistrado via Facebook

According to the Senior HS students who were temporarily assigned to teach those in the grade school level while the latter’s teachers were in a seminar, Mr. Jaucian got mad after seeing them in the ‘waiting area’ classroom carrying bags (specifically backpacks) despite being told not to bring such bags as they will be teaching grade school students in their business attire.

One of the HS students reportedly disclosed that: “Pwede naman daw magdala ng maliit na bag pero yung maliit lang na pwede lagyan halimbawa ng cellphone hindi backpack kasi pangit daw tingnan na magtuturo na naka-business attire tapos may dalang backpack.”

[It is okay to bring a small bag, for example, for your cellphone but not a backpack as it does not look good when one is on business attire.]

Moreover, the owner allegedly became more inflamed after seeing a dirty and untidy classroom. He got mad also at a male student who wasn’t wearing the prescribed attire and was instead wearing maong pants, a t-shirt and rubber shoes.

But a number of students clarified that it was because the male student in question was assigned as a ‘maintenance’; hence, his informal attire.

Among the items in the bags that were burned were notebooks, school uniforms, cellphones, cash, ATM card and even laptop; said to belong to more than 20 students.

A student was able to take a video of the incident as the school administrator was reprimanding and yelling at the students; even calling them stupid when he learned that there were electronic gadgets in the burning bags.

Click the image to watch the video

According to the post, Jaucian immediately ordered his staff to put out the fire after something exploded (a cellphone or laptop) but the fire extinguisher did not function so water was used instead.

“Huwag kayong gumalaw ginusto ninyo yan. Welcome to BCA,” he said as per the viral post.

Aside from their burnt items, the students also felt bad being cursed at. They added that it’s not the first time that the school owner poured his anger at them.

In another Facebook post by a BCA student, Kyliiee Panuelos, the POV of the concerned students was shared. Apparently, there was no intention to disregard the instruction about the allowed bag size. It’s just that those who brought backpacks live far from the school and they needed to bring along a change of more appropriate clothes for the projects they have to do later in the day.

Panuelos also lamented on the rather severe punishment; adding that their parents worked hard for those laptops, phones, bags and other things and those can’t be bought with just a snap of a finger.

The incident has caused some parents to consider transferring their children to another school after the traumatic experience. Although the students may be at fault, it simply wasn’t right to burn their belongings. This was the common sentiment of online users who reacted to the incident.

As per the post, no one has filed a formal complaint as yet but it is their wish for the DepEd Division of Camarines Sur to look into the matter.

The school administration has not given any statement concerning the incident, as of posting.

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