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Man sneaks into school, beats up bully

- Mike Frialde and Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star) - September 30, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A man slipped into a public high school in Barangay Pamplona, Las Piñas City Friday afternoon and attacked a 17-year-old student he accused of being a bully.

Leandro Sarno Jr., 24, was arrested shortly after the incident along with his companion, Justine Mejia, 18.

In a report sent to the Southern Police District, Las Piñas police chief Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula said the victim was about to leave Las Piñas East High School at around 12:40 p.m. when he encountered Sarno.

Investigators said Sarno slapped, punched and kicked the victim and then drew a handgun and pointed it at the student. When the attack caught the attention of other students, Sarno left the school grounds and rode a motorcycle driven by Mejia.

The victim sought the help of police officers patrolling the area. The police officers caught the two males and seized a loaded 9mm pistol from Sarno.

During the investigation, Sarno told police he attacked the victim as “payback” because the victim allegedly bullied his friend, a student at the same school.

Sarno and Mejia have been detained at the Las Piñas police headquarters as grave threat and child abuse charges are being readied against them.

BARANGAY PAMPLONA CITY FRIDAY EAST HIGH SCHOOL JUSTINE MEJIA LAS PI LEANDRO SARNO JR. MEJIA SARNO SARNO AND MEJIA SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT ROMULO SAPITULA SOUTHERN POLICE DISTRICT
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