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CHR probes hazing death of Grade 10 student

Janvic Mateo - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will investigate the death of a Grade 10 student in Negros Occidental allegedly due to hazing.

“Preliminary incident reports from the police indicate that the victim’s death may be due to hazing-related activities as a wooden paddle was found in the house of one of the suspects,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said.

Police said the victim died on Sept. 9 due to hematoma.

De Guia said the victim reportedly joined a fraternity in March, but did not undergo initiation rites as he was still a minor.

A day after his 18th birthday, the victim was said to have told his parents that the suspects hit him with a paddle.

De Guia reiterated the commission’s strong stance against hazing and urged the Department of Education to take cognizance of the incident.

“While online schooling has been the norm during the pandemic, we remind schools and higher education institutions that they remain duty-bound to uphold and protect the rights of its students,” she said.

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